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Enter To Win: #PureBlack MLK Appreciation Giveaway! Thank you Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we take the time to enjoy a holiday dedicated to honoring Martin Luther King Jr., it’s important that we don’t forget the many things he fought for. While we get a chance to have fun Your Life After 25 is always dedicated to being able to share valuable information or learn new things as we go with our readers.

Here are some quotes you may or may not have hear from Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

5. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many of us have heard about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech, but if you haven’t had a chance to hear it, we have a video for you below.


 

While the “I Have A Dream” speech was very important, I think this followup in MLK’s words about his Dream is as equally important. It allows us to remember that that dream was not completed when the new Civil Rights Bill was passed.  As we’ve been able to see from recent events there is still a lot of work to be done.

To show our appreciation, we wanted to do a giveaway that will help share facts about MLK when you enter.  Black History Month is in February but learning about History is something we should all do year round.  One of our friend’s of the site, Reggie but better known as Kid Noble, came up with a great new shirt design that we thought would make the perfect prize for one of our lucky readers.  In addition to the “#PureBlack” King shirt we’re also giving away a $25 Amazon gift card which will allow you to possibly pick up some great new books or whatever else you may like to do.

 

About Reggie aka Kid Noble

Reggie is a 31 year old St. Louisan, born and raised. He holds a BA in Journalism, and MA’s in Communications and Digital/Multimedia Design, all from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Reggie was moved to join the fight for black lives after Vonderrit Myers was killed in a the Shaw area of St. Louis, mere blocks from where he lives. In Vonderrit he saw his little brother, cousins, etc., so he took to the streets, and has been involved in protests and planning since. During the August of 2015, he decided he wanted to design something cool that celebrated blackness. This is where the #PureBlack apparel was born. Since that time, Reggie has sold over 3,100 shirts, sweatshirts hoodies through his online store

We wanted to ask Reggie a few questions to give you a bit of insight about his views and why he was inspired to create the #PureBlack brand. Check out what Reggie had to say below.

Q1. How has MLK inspired you and your views in today’s movement?

>Reggie: Well first and foremost, MLK was a protester. So am I. He stood up for his and other’s beliefs. He fought against adversity in the name of his people. He was an outspoken beacon of light for those oppressed because of their melanin. In essence, he was fighting for the same things we are still fighting for today.

Q2. What’s your favorite MLK quote? and why?

Reggie: I have several favorite quotes by MLK, and most of them aren’t his well known quotes. The one I’ll go with here is “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I think this speaks to the crux of why we protested in Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, New York, etc. My mom always told me to “speak up” as I grew up. If we don’t speak up about things that matter, we’ll continue to suffer in silence.

Q3. MLK had a dream, in what ways do you think we have accomplished that dream and what other work do you think still needs to be done.

Reggie: I think we’ve achieved maybe 10% of the dream. Is there more diversity in spaces previously absent of color? Sure. Is it satisfactory or where I think Dr. King envisioned in his dream? No. In many ways, racism still exists at the same frequency, the face of it just looks different. We are still living in a world where we hear “_____ is the first black to ____,” and that’s startling. So the work? It looks like cutting down on aggressive policing practices against bodies of color, raising the glass ceiling for black men and women in the workplace,  ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and more policy changes that affect blacks in this country.
 

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Your Life After 25's Pure Black MLK Appreciation Giveaway!

01/18/16 – 02/05/16

One (1) winner receives:

 “#PureBlack” King shirt + $25 Amazon eGift Card

Giveaway open to USA

 

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  • Brandy Sue Monday

    The time is always right to do what is right.

  • rochelle33

    I have a dream speech

  • iowarose

    I think, “I have a dream” speech all of us have heard many times and have great respect for him.

  • Margaret King

    The time is always right to do what is right.

  • regina elliott

    I have a dream speech

  • Jerry Cundiff

    The time is always right to do what is right.

  • JOXY ROSE

    Theres many quotes that are my favorite by him one is
    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase

  • Heidi Burns

    “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of
    comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and
    controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • tracey barfield

    In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends is one of my favorite quotes by MLK thanks

  • bernardina sims

    I have a dream!

  • mami2jcn

    This quote is great: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

  • Deborah Dumm

    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.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Chris Mckenzie

    I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character

  • jonheil

    I have a dream.. that the government will be owned and not acting like stupid sheep.

  • jonheil

    I have a dream.. that the government will be owned and not acting like stupid sheep.

  • slyder0244

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

  • Betsy R Barnes

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

  • Monica Stewart

    My favorite quote by MLK is: “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”

  • Monica Stewart

    My favorite quote by MLK is: “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”

  • Jura

    Not a favorite quote, but I remember watching “My Friend Martin” animated movie back in school. Always a great movie, always looked forward to it.

  • Jura

    Not a favorite quote, but I remember watching “My Friend Martin” animated movie back in school. Always a great movie, always looked forward to it.

  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

  • sandy weinstein

    I have a dream…..the speech

  • Kayte CookWatts

    . Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward
    the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the
    tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

  • Natalie

    I love this quote from him: Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

  • donna porter

    Love the I have a dream speech…

  • gee426

    I have an dream speech,brought me to tears!!!

  • Tanya White

    My favorite quote from Martian Luther King is “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

  • Ty Williams

    My favorite MLK quote is “I have decided to stick with Love. Hate is too great a burden to bear” -Martin Luther King Jr

  • Ty Williams

    My favorite MLK quote is “I have decided to stick with Love. Hate is too great a burden to bear” -Martin Luther King Jr

  • Erica Beaver

    I just love reading about Thomas Jefferson.

  • SassTheCouponer

    I love this quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~MLK

  • Carol Burgess

    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

  • Gina Ferrell

    My favorite quote is “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. ‪#‎MLK‬ ‪#‎MLKDay‬

  • tombellamy

    I have a dream.

  • Janet Aycock

    i have a dream

  • Kimbre Music

    My favorite is “The time is always right to do what is right”.

  • Heather

    Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • bellagirl07

    My favorite MLK quote is “I have a dream”

  • Breanna Pollard

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

  • tannawings

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. is one of my favorites

  • Brandy Salesky

    The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank is still a must read for new generations. So important to keep these legends alive to keep history from repeating itself.

  • Candice Montgomery

    I would recommend The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson.

  • Necee

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

  • AN

    I have a dream.

  • Leo Ching

    We all need to believe

  • Laura

    My favorite quote is “I have a dream”.

  • cole mckinnon

    I recommend the book, the Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Clayborne Carson

  • Rio Click

    I have a dream

  • Christina Zawadiwsky

    This site makes for great education – which we all need, and the words of Martin Luther King cannot be repeated enough!

  • gmoney222

    “I have a dream”

  • tombellamy

    The Civil War is an excellent book to read.

  • Sherwood

    “The time is always right to do what is right.”

  • Teounna

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

  • Amber Reser

    Life’s most persistant and burning question, what am I doing for others?

  • tannawings

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. is a MLK quote I love It is about faith and hope

  • n210ss

    “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.” “

  • Brandy Salesky

    “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

  • Necee

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

  • Char

    “It’s time to cash in our check!” I love him thank you

  • Ashley

    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of
    comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and
    controversy.

  • Tasha Wilkerson

    One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws

  • Leo Ching

    “It’s time to cash in our check!” MLK

  • ClickClick

    “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the
    true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident;
    that all men are created equal.” “

  • Sophia Gilbert

    “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

  • Sherwood

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

  • Jeanne Coulombe

    The time is always right to do what’s right

  • tannawings

    Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. Its one of his most wonderful quotes.

  • Brandy Salesky

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

  • Jennifer George

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

  • Necee

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

  • wins4me

    Darkness can not drive out darkness

  • Leo Ching

    “It’s time to cash in our check!” MLK

  • Angelica Cassandra Dimeo

    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the
    true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident;
    that all men are created equal

  • Chasity Smith

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

  • Sherwood

    “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”

  • tannawings

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. is a great quote

    is a great quote

  • Brandy Salesky

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  • sandra

    uncle tom’s cabin

  • Leo Ching

    “It’s time to cash in our check!” MLK

  • Sherwood

    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

  • Necee

    ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’

  • mary czerczyk

    My favorite is ” Is to judge someone not by the color of their skin, but to judge them my the content of their character”.

  • tannawings

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Great quote and so very true

  • Brandy Salesky

    “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.”

  • Necee

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

  • Leo Ching

    “It’s time to cash in our check!” MLK

  • Sherwood

    “The time is always right to do what is right.”

  • Maddy0418

    I ave a dream that my 4 little children…

  • tannawings

    A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Brandy Salesky

    “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”

  • Leo Ching

    “It’s time to cash in our check!” MLK

  • tannawings

    ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'” is a great quote

  • iowarose

    I have a dream…

  • Myra Ball

    The only quote I really know is I have a Dream but I it was a Dream that changed our world. It’s because of men like Dr King that we live without segregation in our schools.

  • Jerry Cundiff

    Roots is a good historical book, may or may not be accurate tho.

  • Klydra Pugh

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
    Thanks for the chance

  • Brandy Salesky

    “We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

  • sharon shafran

    Life’s most persistant & burning question, what am I doing for others?

  • Leo Ching

    “It’s time to cash in our check!” MLK

  • SaintRo

    Thanks for this!

  • My favorite MLK quote is, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

  • tannawings

    “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Brandy Salesky

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”

  • Necee

    There are so many great ones

    The time is always right to do what’s right

  • Noelle Carroll

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

  • Anita Kennett

    It’s the simplest,but the truest to me,I Have A Dream,because if we ever stop dreaming of a much better future,there will never be one.

  • Leo Ching

    “It’s time to cash in our check!” MLK

  • steve weber

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

    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  • tannawings

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

    —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    This is a great quote

  • Necee

    ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’

  • Brandy Salesky

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

  • Leo Ching

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

  • Noelle Carroll

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

  • Sherwood

    “The time is always right to do what is right.”

  • tannawings

    Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality. is one of MLK’s quotes I love

  • tannawings

    Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality. is one of MLK’s quotes I love

  • Brandy Salesky

    Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

  • Necee

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

  • Leo Ching

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

  • sara

    The book I like is color purple

  • Sherwood

    “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.”

  • “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.” (Fun fact: The FBI had agents tail King’s widow. After one speaking appearance, an agent approached Coretta Scott King and asked, ‘Mrs. King, when your husband said he had a dream, what dream was he referring to?'”)

  • tannawings

    There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love. MLK Is a great quoe. love overcomes hate

  • Necee

    ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’

  • Leo Ching

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

  • Sherwood

    “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

  • tannawings

    We must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools. is a great MLK quote

  • Necee

    ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’

  • Jennifer George

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

  • Noelle Carroll

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

  • Leo Ching

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

  • Sherwood

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

  • tannawings

    If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you cant walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” – Martin Luther King, Jr. I ike this quote because it is hopeful

  • Necee

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

  • Leo Ching

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

  • tannawings

    Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude. is a great quote!

  • Necee

    ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’

  • Brandy Salesky

    “The time is always right to do what is right.”

  • Leo Ching

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

  • 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.

  • tannawings

    “When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.” is a great qoute

  • Brandy Salesky

    “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

  • Brandy Salesky

    “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

  • Necee

    ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’

  • Jennifer George

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

  • sandym204

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

  • Leo Ching

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

  • Leo Ching

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

  • tannawings

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr I like this becuse it is about hope

  • Necee

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

  • Brandy Salesky

    “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

  • Leo Ching

    Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend

  • Jennifer George

    Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed

  • Anita

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

  • tannawings

    “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

    March for Integrated Schools, April 18, 1959.
    I love this, I remember when schools were first becoming integrated.

  • Necee

    ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’

  • Necee

    ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’

  • Brandy Salesky

    Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend

  • Jennifer George

    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

  • Brandon Sparks

    Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend

  • Leo Ching

    Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend

  • “The time is always right to do the right thing.”

  • Sherwood

    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

  • puppylov3808

    I love his I have A Dream speech!!

  • tannawings

    “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” Is a greaat quote. Nthing is achievedd with a baad attitude. Go into thngs wiith a good outlook and good in your heart MLK said so many wise things.

  • Necee

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

  • rosemary

    wow

  • Shakeia Rieux

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

  • Jennifer George

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

  • Leo Ching

    Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend

  • Brandy Salesky

    “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I like The Guns of August the most as a historical book to read.

  • Betsy R Barnes

    “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Sherwood

    “The time is always right to do what is right.”

  • rajee

    Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend

  • RKH

    A great historical book to read is The Face of Battle by John Keegan.

  • Camille Hector

    I highly recommend Lincoln by Gore Vidal as a great historical read

  • Thomas Williams

    THE ULTIMATE MEASURE OF A MAN IS NOT WHERE HE STANDS IN THE MOMENTS OF COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE, BUT WHERE HE STANDS AT TIMES OF CHALLENGE AND CONTROVERSY.