8 Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that don't sanitize his legacy

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential black leaders in history. His legacy has inspired people around the world to fight for equality — but that hyper-visibility has also led to the whitewashing and sanitization of his life.

King was a Baptist minister from the South, a law-breaker, a protester. He challenged norms and broke barriers, preaching about resistance and strength just as often has he preached love. But over time, many of these qualities have been written out of history.

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It's a disservice to King's memory to ignore the full scope of his beliefs and his complexity as a person. His words can teach us a lot about what it means to be an activist and advocate for social justice.

Check out the 8 MLK quotes: