A few years ago my wife and I were in Atlanta and, in honor of MLK Day, we visited the Atlanta Memorial and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church that Dr. King pastored. This year I thought it would be great to share some memorable King quotes that could have easily been tweets. Not only are they tweetable, they are all short enough to be re-tweetable. Martin Luther King quotes can have such power: as a matter of fact, I used a number of Dr. King quotes to illustrate some power points in my book.
Just imagine if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had Twitter or other social networking applications at his disposal; his message would have been even more world-changing. He was known as one of the best orators of his day and one of the top in the history of the country. The exponential impact of his sound bites and oratory skills would have been extremely powerful with a tool like Twitter.
I believe we take for granted the fact that our message, story, voice and thoughts can literally be globally shared at our leisure and by the push of a button. Every year in the United States we set aside a day to honor the life of a civil rights leader, pastor and social justice martyr. MLK positively impacted the U.S. and the world in so many ways, I think it’s great the U.S. has an official holiday in his honor.
25 Retweetable Martin Luther King Quotes
1. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or darkness of destructive selfishness. #MLK
2. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. #MLK
3. To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. #MLK
4. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. #MLK
5. I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. #MLK
6. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. #MLK
7. The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. #MLK
8. We are not makers of history. We are made by history. #MLK
9. We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. #MLK
10. We must face the sad fact that Sunday morning when we stand 2 sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America. #MLK