On the third Monday of January, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is observed as a federal holiday in the United States. Born on Jan. 15, 1929, King grew up to be one of the most influential voices in the Civil Rights Movement, famously advocating for a nonviolent approach to protesting racial discrimination. As a reverend and as an activist, King was a skilled orator, advising audiences everywhere from the pulpit to the nation's capitol. Frequently quoted, MLK's speeches, sermons, and writings appear in memes shareable on any social media platform, at any time of year.
In his lifetime, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. He was also posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Nearly fifty years after his assassination, King's insights on issues of faith and protest continue to offer guidance to generations still fighting for racial equality, not just in the United States, but across the world.
A prolific writer, King's notable quotes are too many to count, and no single-line lifted from his works can fully do him the justice he deserves. That being said, many of his observations or instructions packed a punch - containing multitudes of wisdom in just a single sentence or two. Condensed and shortened, sharing one in his memory can be a great way to offer those who follow you on social media a gentle reminder of why we celebrate his birth, year in and year out.