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Martin Luther King Quotes: Volunteer Today to Further His Legacy

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Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered for his quotes, speeches, and actions. Though we may not all be powerful speakers, we can all carry on his legacy through volunteering on the The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day in which we commemorate Dr. King, his legacy, his sacrifice, and the lasting power of his actions and words to bring racial equality to the United States. His most famous quotes come from his “I have a dream speech,”–among the most memorable, and powerful, speeches in American history.

Less famously, Martin Luther King Jr. once commented that, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to taking action to help all Americans, January 17, 2011 is the Martin Luther King National Day of Service, and you can help.  We can all further King’s legacy through volunteering in our own communities to help those in need. And from Meals on Wheels to your local soup kitchen or shelter, there are lots of ways for good home cooks to put their skills to use!

Looking for ways to get involved in your community? Check out the King National Day of Service site and search for volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood. Through the All for Good search engine you can enter key words to find things that most gel with your skills. For instance, I can easily search for food-related opportunities right here in Brooklyn. For other ways to get involved, check with your local community center or church. Through volunteering, we can all do our part to continue Dr. King’s legacy, and to ensure that all Americans really are free and equal.

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Martin Luther King Quotes

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Martin Luther King Quotes

Martin Luther King Day 2011 is coming up on Monday, and a great way to honor his memory is by sharing inspirational Martin Luther King quotes with your children.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an incredible human being, a dedicated American, and though this may surprise people who have not read a Martin Luther King biography, he was a strong Republican.

His “I Have a Dream” speech will go down in history as one of the most influential speeches ever written, and people continue to watch it to this day.

Here are some Martin Luther King quotes to inspire you and remind you of what is important in life.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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

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

“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.”

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

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

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

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