Martin Luther King Jr.(Forgotten Quotes)


They say you can tell what a nation stands for by looking at who they see as heroes.  I always think about that when Martin Luther King’s birthday comes around.  Does America truly cherish his ideals?  I don’t really think so. Martin Luther King was a very complex individual.  They say he stood up against injustice and racism…but he had numerous sexual affairs as well.  Can a man be socially moral and still cheat on his wife?  I guess it’s somewhat possible.  But after doing years of research on MLK I found out that he had an idealistic worldview but he wasn’t perfect.  But we all know there are many famous men who cheated on their wives(John F Kennedy,Bill Clinton,Donald Trump).  But this post isn’t about that.  In this post I wanted to put up some quotes that often get overlooked.  King’s views changed from when he made the “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.  As the Vietnam War waged on and all the racial strife continued…his idealistic views started to diminish over time.  He started to view the racist European society a little bit more realistically. I think Malcolm X understood the European mentality a little better.  But King was getting there before he was killed in 1968. Here’s a nice list of forgotten quotes.  Shout out to Abagond  for pulling up some of thee quotes.


“The white man does not abide by the law… His police forces are the ultimate mockery of law.”
“There aren’t enough white persons in our country who are willing to cherish democratic principles over privilege.”
“Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.”
“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar.”
“We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”
“We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together.”

“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society.”
“A riot is the language of the unheard,”
“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.”
“All of us are on trial in this troubled hour.”
“America is going to hell if we don’t use her vast resources to end poverty and make it possible for all God’s children to have the basic necessities of life.”


“I am sorry to have to say that the vast majority of white Americans are racists, either consciously or unconsciously.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
“It is cruel jest to tell a bootless man that he ought to lift himself up by his own bootstraps”
“No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“Poverty is one of the most urgent items on the agenda of modern life.”
“The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism.”
“The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”

23 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Jr.(Forgotten Quotes)

  1. Sadly, much of what he championed has ‘moved’ nowhere. He lies dead, as does his dream and I wish that he could have started off with the realization that nothing can be done by peaceful means, not when we are up against an enemy such a what we are up against. Just ask the Indians, the few who are left. These demons don’t play and Dr. King had to learn the hard way. Malcolm X always understood what he was up against and I am sure that he knew that there was a bullseye on his chest, but that didn’t stop him from telling the ‘white’ man just what he thought of him.

    Great post Prince!

  2. Here’s something that probably less people know about: MLK’s research and findings on Christianity: “King wrote this paper for the course Development of Christian Ideas, taught by Davis. The essay examines how Christianity developed as a distinct religion with a set of central tenets and how it was influenced by those pagan religions it assimilated. King repeats material from an earlier paper, “A Study of Mithraism,” but he extends the discussion here to the influence of other mystery religions.”

  3. I especially like the ones about the beggar, and the bootstraps.

    In hindsight, MLK was clearly an agent. An unwitting one. He didnt understand white people, he still thought there were some good ones.
    Meanwhile they playin chess, as usual.

    Another thing I wasnt aware of–his entire family was assassinated (one by one). I learned this when Cows did a reading of CSK’s autobiography that was released just before her death in 2016. Some “crazy” man ran up in Ebebezer and killed his mother. His brother and most trusted confidante was found floating in a pool. And something happened to his dad too. Oh he paid…

    Have any of his mistresses ever spoken out?? Seems like we’ve only gotten second hand accounts. I dont believe they were white women, only because whites wouldve rubbed that in our faces so hard, if that was the case.

    • I forgot about his family. Thanks for reminding me. I haven’t heard any mistresses speak out over the years. Although I did hear that King originally wanted to marry a white woman before he met Coretta. I can’t recall the woman’s name right now. I will have to research it again. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Since we’re talking about Martin Luther King Jr., his wife Coretta Scott King shared the same idealistic views as her husband, but it didn’t diminish overtime time like her husband. I read the book “My Life, My Love, My Legacy” by Coretta Scott King an she mention something very detail about the late John Kennedy’s wife Jackie” Kennedy Onassis during the time of her husband passing. When Jackie” Kennedy Onassis went to pay her condolences to Coretta Scott King, well in the book Coretta mention how she wanted to huge Jackie” Kennedy Onassis but she felt uncomfortable being around Coretta Scott King. Basically Jackie” Kennedy Onassis didn’t want to be there period.

    Both Martin Luther King Jr. & his wife both been in interracial relationships before they met each other. Also I hate the fact Martin Luther King Jr. talks about being influence by Grandhi who was a racist. “As the Vietnam War waged on and all the racial strife continued…his idealistic views started to diminish over time. He started to view the racist European society a little bit more realistically.” I also believe why his views was slowly changing toward racist Europeans because black people were no longer having that non violence mind set Martin Luther King Jr. was preaching about toward racist Europeans. Black people were in the street fighting, protesting & rioting for justice. During that time we had new black activist The Black Panther Party, H. Rap Brown, Marion Barry and etc. coming out preaching its time for black people to fight back against these racist Europeans. Furthermore, a lot of these new black activist during that time were more influence by Malcolm X.

    • I forgot to mention these new black activist were from the streets n could related to the people more especially streets.

      • @ Kushite Prince
        I hope you do a blog on Jet & Ebony magazine the longest running black media publications. I notice when calling this black publication out it becomes very touchy with blacks. Black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier call them out in his book “Black Bourgeoisie: The Book That Brought the Shock of Self-Revelation to Middle-Class Blacks in America” & black female activist Assata Shakur as in her autobiography. Both of them stated that it cater to the middle & rich class blacks, and it’s nothing more then black fantasy land. If you look back on the old & new ebony magazines its recycle topics of the same issues we’re talking about today. Furthermore if you look at the black female cover on there magazine back in the day they were colorist again certain skin tones & black features.

      • Jet and Ebony both have bad articles. I’ve seen them promote homosexual and lesbian marriage in their books. And they do seem to cater to bougie black people. I didn’t notice as much as a child. But now I can see their agenda more clearly. They are purposely misleading black people with self destructive lifestyles.

    • I think MLK started to become much more radicalized because he was being rejected by White society. Both he and Coretta were in long term relationships with white people but similarity, they both broke up with their white partners because their white partners respected white supremacy and could not be with them. MLK and Coretta were both problematic which reflects in their children. Their true ideologies are reflected via the children.

  5. The reason why Gandhi hated black people so much because when he was in South Africa,it happened something that he didn’t like it!
    During his journey by train,he met a group of English soldiers as soon as they saw him,they called him Nigger!
    He wasn’t happy about that,he claimed “that he was Indian but no black!”
    But the English soldiers didn’t give shit that he was Indian,because of his dark skin
    for them he was Nigger!
    During British Empire in Indian,British people called so many times Indian people Nigger,but this isn’t mentioned in Indian or British history books!
    What people of color don’t understand no matter what if you are brown,red,yellow or dark skin on eyes of wp “you are Nigger!”
    About Martin Luther King Jr,in Selma movie was mentioned that he cheated his wife Coretta for some WW,but I don’t know it was true or false!

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