Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world. If you ask students, “Name one person who made a massive difference in the world”, MLK is one of the names that will come up within the first 30 seconds. His message, action and character are still paving the way for generations to come. 


  1. Kings birth name was Michael. 
  2. He was the youngest person at the time to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. 
  3. From 1957 to 1968, King traveled over 6 million miles and spoke over 2,500 times. 
  4. King was arrested 29 times and assaulted four times. 
  5. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday in his name. 
  6. King was awarded 20 honorary degrees and was named ‘Man of the Year’ by Time Magazine. 
  7. There are approximately 900 streets named after MLK in the US
  8. MLK was nearly assassinated 10 years before his death. 
  9. His mother was also murdered by a gunman.
  10. Kings last public speech foreshadowed his death. 

    On the night before his assassination, King traveled to Memphis to give a speech in support of the city’s African American sanitation workers. At Mason Temple Church, he told the crowd, “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now… I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”


About the Author

Brian Williams

Brian is considered one of the nations Top Youth Speakers. He's spoken to over 1,000,000 students across the country, is a 4th degree black belt, has collected over 500,000 pairs of shoes for children around the world and has traveled to Africa 14 times. He is also the author of Kindness Ninja, a children's book the inspires kids to carry-out ninja-style acts of kindness. You can follow Brian on INSTAGRAM at @Kindness.Nation.