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'Softmindedness,' Riots, and Science: Seven Lesser-Known King Quotes

7 lesser-known Martin Luther King quotes that feel particularly relevant today.

People love to quote Martin Luther King, Jr. In fact, no man in American history, save for perhaps Thomas Jefferson, seems to evoke the need to rattle off at length his letters, speeches, television interviews, and just about everything he said in between. All this quoting has over the years resulted in some notorious misquotes and manipulations of meaning. Recently, even the U.S. Department of the Interior was shamed into changing a quote on the brand-new King monument in Washington, D.C., when it was revealed that King's words had been taken completely out of context.

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Green For All Academy: Exemplifying the Dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Green For All's Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and how the "green revolution" can lift all boats.

“There is nothing more tragic than to sleep through a revolution.”

That's the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the National Cathedral in 1968, and it's how Green For All's CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins introduces her smart and powerful essay in celebration of Dr. King's birthday, "Set the Alarm Clock: Don't Sleep Through the Green Revolution."

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King Day Holiday Canceled in Charlotte, North Carolina Schools

Guess what school district's not going to observe the birthday of America's most famous civil rights leader—because they need to make up a snow day.

A winter storm closed schools in the Charlotte, North Carolina area for three days earlier this week, and unfortunately, now the district's children have to make up the missed classroom time. That sounds innocent enough, right? Except that the school district says one of those snow days has to be made up next Monday, January 17— which just happens to be the nation's youngest federal holiday, the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You read that correctly. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools aren't going to observe the birthday of America's most famous civil rights leader because they need to make up a snow day.

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