Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Christian beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. informed and inspired his work for civil rights. The Baptist minister preached of unity and love to overcome division and hate, and that all men are created in the image and likeness of God.

The messages found in the letters and speeches of Dr. King regarding justice, equality, and non-violence are compatible with Catholic social teaching.

Catholics can learn from the words and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, especially regarding the dignity of all human life, cooperation between people of different faiths, and bringing light into the darkness.

Dr. King led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, before being assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the age of 39. 

In the United States, Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights legacy is honored on the third Monday in January, a federal holiday.

A legacy filled with faith, hope, and sacrifice:

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A message that is important for all Catholics:

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There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3: 28

Promoting Christian values and respect for life:

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A message of peace, tolerance and forgiveness:

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Created in the image of the one God and equally endowed with rational souls, all men have the same nature and the same origin. Redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ, all are called to participate in the same divine beatitude: all therefore enjoy an equal dignity.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1934

Dr. King remains a powerful model for our time:

Bishop Robert Barron

In today’s world, which increasingly faces the challenges of social injustice, division and conflict that hinder the realization of the common good, Dr. King’s dream of harmony and equality for all people, attained through nonviolent and peaceful means, remains ever timely. “Each one of us is called to be an artisan of peace, by uniting and not dividing, by extinguishing hatred and not holding on to it, by opening paths of dialogue.” In this way we will be able to see ourselves, not as “others”, but as neighbors, in the truth of our shared dignity as children of Almighty God. Only by striving daily to put this vision into practice can we work together to create a community built upon justice and fraternal love.

Pope Francis, Letter to Bernice King, 18 January 2021

Practicing dangerous unselfishness:

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Risking his life so people could live out their God-given call:

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A reminder that our faith calls for bravery:


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Embracing God-given interdependence:

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