One famous quote from Martin Luther King Jr. is, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others." Another famous quote is, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
As a civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave many speeches and wrote many letters. The Martin Luther King Jr. Online portal features more of his speeches and quotes, including "Letter from Birmingham Jail," "I See the Promised Land" and "Our God is Marching On."
Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929. He attended Moorehouse College, then went on to complete his graduate work at Boston University in 1955 at the age of 25. Influenced by Ghandi, King promoted non-violent actions such as sit-ins during the struggle for civil rights. In 1963, he gave his famous "I Have a Dream Speech." Due to his work in furthering the rights of African Americans, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. On April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while standing on his hotel balcony.