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On The 45th Anniversary Of His Death, 11 Powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes
April 4, 2013
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The memorial plaque at the Lorraine Motel (Photo: Reuters)

On April 4, 1968, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while delivering a speech from the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

It's been 45 years since that night. To pay tribute to King and his legacy, here are some photographs from his remarkable life, along with some of the powerful things he said over the years.

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Martin Luther King as a child

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

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King and his wife Coretta outside a Montgomery courthouse, March 23, 1956 (Photo: Getty)

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

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King with civil rights campaigners in 1960 (Photo: Getty)

"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or the extension of justice?"

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King and other civil rights leaders with President John F. Kennedy August 28, 1963 (Photo: Getty)

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

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King at the 'March on Washington', August 28, 1963 (Photo: Getty)

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

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King and Coretta in Oslo in December, 1964 (Photo: Getty)

"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."

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King receives the Nobel Peace Prize, December 10, 1964 (Photo: Getty)

"We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."

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In Selma, Alabama in April, 1965 (Photo: Getty)

"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."

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With President Lydon B. Johnson August 6, 1965

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

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The last official portrait of the King family, taken in 1966 (Photo: AP)

"People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other."

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Colleagues pay tribute to Martin Luther King as he lies in state in Memphis, Tennessee, April 8, 1968 (Photo: Getty)

"It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it."

There are some great pieces online honouring King's legacy. Here are a few that are worth a look.

The Day MLK Was Assassinated: A Photographer's Story

TIME photographer Henry Groskinsky heard that Dr. King had been shot, and he and writer Mike Silva rushed to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. They took some photographs that have remained unreleased until now.

They're well worth a look: a haunting document of an awful night.

The Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King: Continuing the Legacy of the Great Walk to Freedom of 1963

This piece from Global Research is a fascinating look at the role Dr. King played in Detroit's "Great Walk to Freedom" demonstration in 1963.

The article is a transcript of remarks delivered by Abayomi Azikiwe at a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Walk.

Remembering MLK in Memphis, 45 years ago tonight

The night before he was assassinated, Dr. King delivered his "I See the Promised Land" speech. This article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggests that the speech is the greatest King ever delivered - it charts the course of the movement that King led, the author says, in both theory and practice.

Check out the piece, and watch the speech itself, at the Post-Dispatch website.

Buddy Guy was in the red chair last season, and he talked about his memories of the night that MLK was shot. Check out that clip below:

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