Friday January 20th is a scary day for most Americans. It’s the day that Trump will officially become President of the United States, and the day that many Americans will feel hopeless and devastated. It’s an important day to remember all the wise words of Martin Luther King Jr, and an important time to follow in his footsteps to ensure the freedom of every American is preserved. Here’s a look at five of his quotes that you can draw inspiration from.

If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, ‘brethren!’ Be careful, teachers!

This was printed in the Morehouse College student newspaper in 1947. Although it was published decades ago, it still rings true. College is a time when individuals form their values, so it’s important for them to get unbiased information. False information (much like the false news taking over social media) can cause students to form dangerous opinions.

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.

When life gets difficult, it can be hard to find the motivation to overcome all of the challenges being thrown at you. These wise words by Martin Luther King Jr are a source of inspiration…a reminder that your real character is tested during these times.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

The world is full of injustice, but many people choose to ignore that injustice because it doesn’t directly affect them. This quote reminds you that everyone is tied together. The struggles of your sister, your neighbor, even the stranger who live 300 miles away from you- it all affects you in one way or another. So instead of turning a blind eye to their struggle, it’s important to take action.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

There’s a lot of hate in America right now. With the inauguration of a hateful and spiteful man only days away, the hate seems to be overwhelming us. That’s why now is an important time to remember that hate won’t get you anywhere. Instead of hating those who discriminate, loving one another and showing those hateful people how strong your love is the right way to fight it. Violence and hate only begets more violence and hate.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Sometimes, you might take your freedom for grated. These words reminder you that freedom has always required a fight. Even though it looks like oppression has won, if you fight for our freedom, you can get it back again.

One of the most influential activists of the 20th century was Martin Luther King Jr. His actions and his words inspired a country to become a more accepting, loving place. And so, as you fight for justice, remember him.

Written By: Danielle Gallagher

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