The millennials on staff here at IWJ have encouraged the team to use more "sensory verbs" and imagery in our work. So, to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his inspiring wisdom and brilliant (but rarely celebrated) sense of humor, we gathered some of his most inspiring quotes on poverty, justice, workers and the economy...and added a little twist.
As we celebrate Dr. King's legacy and radical vision for a better and more inclusive world, let us draw strength from his words and continue in the struggle for worker, economic and racial justice.
1. "So it is obvious that if a man is to redeem his spiritual and moral ‘lag,’ he must go all out to bridge the social and economic gulf between the ‘haves’ and ‘have not’s’ of the world."
2. "I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few."
3. "The Curse of poverty has no justification in our age…The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty."
4. "God intends for all of his children to have the basic necessities of life, and he has left in the universe enough to spare for that purpose."
5. "True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."
6. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
7. "As I have said many times, and believe with all my heart, the coalition that can have the greatest impact in the struggle for human dignity here in America is that of the Negro and the forces of labor, because their fortunes are so closely intertwined."
8. "The Labor Movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress."
9. "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
10. "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."