Martin Luther King, Jr., had a profound impact on American history. To celebrate his day, here are some of the words he shared that touched our hearts.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been celebrated on the third Monday in January since 1986. The holiday marks Dr. King's birthday, which was January 15th.

Despite the conflict in our country that we still experience because of race and religion, it's important to remember how far we've come, especially because of Martin Luther King.

He shared a hope for unity and equality with America that can still be felt today.

Here are 5 Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes to remember on this important holiday.

  • 1

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

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  • 2

    "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. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others."

    Strength To Love

  • 3

    " When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'"

    August 28th, 1963. Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

  • 4

    "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

    December 10th, 1964. Oslo, Norway.

  • 5

    "With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day."

    August 28th, 1963. Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.