Special Exhibits

January 18, 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1929—1968

“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell him not to talk too long… Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Prize. That isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards. That’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school. I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try to feed the hungry. And I want you to be able to say that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.”

“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence.” 

—I Have a Dream

 

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

—Letter from Birmingham Jail

“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is  forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.”

—Letter from Birmingham Jail