Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of the man who led nonviolent protests during the Civil Rights Movement. If you grew up during the 1960s, you likely have vivid memories of King’s transformative work. Or perhaps you’ve seen modern portrayals of King, such as in the film Selma, about the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., which led to equal voting rights for African-Americans.
What was apparent to King’s followers then remains true today: His commitment to nonviolent resistance along with his gift for powerful, eloquent speaking enabled him to stir people to action. His “I Have a Dream” speech is his best known and most studied, of course. But King also delivered other inspiring messages. Here are nine inspiring quotes from Dr. King that bear repeating.