Hi, and welcome to the Single Dad’s Guide to Life.  I have been partnering throughout the month with a fellow blogger who I will give you all her details at the end to write from two different viewpoints when it comes to specific topics.  Sometimes when it comes to topics, you do not seem to have any choice.  Some things stand about above the rest.  When it comes to holidays, especially those we remember people for, I don’t believe one stands out more than for Martin Luther King Jr.

So much can be said about Martin Luther King Jr.  And one little blog post would never do justice to the man who fought so hard for the rights of others not just himself.  He worked tirelessly to make sure that every man stood equal before the law and to eradicate the notion “separate but equal” was anything but an opportunity to discriminate against other races and keep them down.  His inspiration and his legacy live on in the hearts and minds of the people who knew him and whose lives he irrevocably affected.

I thought about writing the history of the man, from his birth to a minister and his wife in 1929 to his love of music and singing in the church choir to his civil rights leadership which began with the 1955 boycott of buses in Montgomery, Alabama.   King lived a rich and active life.  And unfortunately, as with many of the most amazing people with dreams for peace and love, someone snuffed his life out far too early.  But I didn’t want to write about my version of his story.  Because his story stands as a beautiful testament to love and sacrifice.  And Mr. King’s beliefs did not end at the door of his church.  He practiced what he preached, taking his causes out to the people.

Instead of spending my time explaining to you the life of one of the most amazing men in U.S. History, I decided I wanted to leave you with some of his most inspiring quotes, and let them stand on their own, so today can be about his words, and not my own.  So to honor the man about which I speak, and to celebrate the love and compassion for which he fought, I will leave you with my top ten favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes.  No explanation necessary.

Top Ten Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes


10)  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

9) “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

8) “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

7)  “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

6)  “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

5)  “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

4)  “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

3)  “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

2)  “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

1)   “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

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Martin Luther King Jr., as a minister, was so prolific in his words and speeches that it became very difficult to try to select a top ten.  I am sure you could find more words, or more quotes from his “I Have A Dream” speech that resonate with you.  I would love to hear some of your favorites.  And while you are at it, don’t forget to check out Brandi Kennedy’s post today at Brandi Kennedy: Love Stories and Lifestyle for the Undaunted Woman as we continue our perspectives series throughout the month of January.  She examines the beauty of the “I Have A Dream” speech given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 as it touches the lives of her children growing up today.

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Until next time, this is me signing off.

David Elliott, Single Dad’s Guide to Life