happy birthday martin luther king



We are not come to wage a strife

With swords upon this hill,

It is not wise to waste the life

Against a stubborn will.

Yet we would die as some have done.

Beating a way for the rising sun.

Arna Bontemps, African American poet, historian and librarian, born October 13, 1902.


Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on this day, January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and African American Civil Rights Movement leader, combated racial inequality up until his assassination on April 4th. However, his words continue to inspire many today.

Listen to Martin Luther King’s Address at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963 in memory and celebration.

Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry. It means trying to hold on to physical life amid psychological death. It means the pain of watching your children grow up with clouds of inferiority in their mental skies. It means having their legs cut off, and then being condemned for being a cripple.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech “Where Do We Go From Here 1967

quotes from mlk they don’t teach in schools.

Sometimes I wonder if people actually care about his birthday, or if they’re more happy that they have a day off of school because of this man, especially since I haven’t seen anyone on the tag dedicate anything to him. All I’ve seen were happy birthday posts about Aaliyah.

Happy belated birthday, Martin Luther King.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking.], 08/28/1963

Rowland Scherman, photographer. From the Records of the U.S. Information Agency

See all our previous Martin Luther King, Jr. posts, and the recent series from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.