Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most widely-known African-American leaders of his era. His career led to schools and public buildings being named in his memory, a memorial on Independence Mall in Washington D.C., and he honored with a national holiday. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a visionary leader whose deep commitment to social justice led to some of the more inspirational quotes in this country's history.  To honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.,  here are 5 quotes to inspire you on MLK Day 2016.

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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a full reality...I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X waiting for press conference. (1964 Photo Via WikiCommons)

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.


President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, look on. (1964 Photo via WikiCommons)



Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that



Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. (1964 Photo via WikiCommons)


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.



President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young, James Farmer (1964 Photo via WikiCommons)


In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.


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You can watch Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic 'I Have a Dream Speech' below.