Millions will gather in commemoration of what will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, to remember the civil rights icon and legend on his birthday.

On Monday, the nation will have a day off, but Martin Luther King Jr. day is much more than that. King was a wealth of knowledge, especially when it came to promoting love and peace.

King was one of the most powerful orators of our time. His words are powerful and his legacy will undoubtedly last our lifetimes. Here are five love lessons learned through the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


1. That negativity will only result in a lack of unity.

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

This quote taught us that love is the answer and the illuminator. King said this during a time of intense racial tension in America, and chose to serve as a light for the world and a fine example of how being positive can make a huge difference in one’s outlook.

2. That love is powerful.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

We are actually born with love and innocence in our hearts, but the world makes some of us forget why we were created. This quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us of our purpose: to do all things in love.


3. That love is service.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

When you love someone, whether it be a friend, family member or romantic interest, you do things for them without hesitation. If it true love (like it should be) you do things in the name of service without expectation of reciprocity. No one taught us this more than Martin Luther King … and for that we will be forever grateful.

4. That hate weighs you down.

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

When you choose to live a life without love, you automatically choose a life of either apathy or hate. When you stick with loving the worthy, you are able to experience life in lighter ways. To hate, dislike, or hold grudges against someone is a burden to your soul.

5. That love, peace and patience go hand in hand.

“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”

Peace is the ultimatum. Once we prioritize keeping our sanity, calm and quiet in the name of love, we will come to understand that we are more alike than different and that love is truly the answer.

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