Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered worldwide for being an influential civil rights leader among many other honorable roles. At home, he was a husband to Coretta Scott and a father to four children: Yolanda Denise, Martin Luther III, Dexter Scott, and Bernice Albertine.
His dedication to his family was a motivating factor behind his drive to push for social justice and freedom for all in America. Inspired by his desire to create positive change for future generations of children to come, King consistently used familial metaphors and symbols to illustrate his greater points.
Check out our top five inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. quotes on family.
- “I said to my children, ‘I’m going to work and do everything that I can do to see that you get a good education. I don’t ever want you to forget that there are millions of God’s children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I don’t want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be.”
- “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
- “The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind.”
- “Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will, in the end, connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts.”
- “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…”
In honor of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. today, it’s important that we work to keep his values and vision of creating a better vision for families at the core of all that we do.