In Remembrance: Martin Luther King, Jr.




Visiting the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Martin Luther King was assassinated, was an unforgettable and emotional experience. I sat stunned, watching the excellent documentary, The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306.

Seeing the photographs in the place where it happened enveloped me in this shameful moment.

His words ring as true today as they did in the fifties and sixties.



“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” 

~Martin Luther King, Jr.




Lorraine Motel, Memphis

Lorraine Motel, Memphis




“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” 

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.





“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.








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  1. A short but very powerful post. All of the other comments cover what I would have said so all I will say now is thanks for sharing (and thanks for visiting my little blog space as well) 🙂

  2. A fine tribute Jane. The emotions ripple throughout forever don’t they . . .

  3. Growing up then, the words, though eloquent, seemed lost on us. Today, these are gems of true wisdom. A very, vey nice remembrance, Jane.

  4. Great capture ~ and agree, I can imagine the chills of seeing such an important piece of history and you do capture it well with this tribute. Something about walking the same ground as those in the past and thinking of such events brings a great electricity to the soul.

  5. Gives me chills….great post!!!

  6. Thanks., Jane. MLK’s quotes bear repeating EVERY day. Wonderful photo.

  7. I’m new to blogging so don’t know if it’s OK to do this but I just wrote for hours this morning about Dr. King. I’d love to have you visit and read my blog today if you like.

    Thank you for you lovely post.

  8. Lovely tribute to a great man, Jane. Love the image and the quotes.

  9. Inspiring quotes. Thank you for this.

  10. You always find a way to make the weekly photo challenge more interesting. Great photos, and quotes from a great man.

  11. Martin Luther King, Jr. is such an inspiring figure. This was a beautiful and inspiring post. He will never be forgotten, and his words and legacy will live on. Conscience is certainly powerful – sometimes we are meant to take a certain path simply because it is meant to be, and as he said, it’s right.

  12. A fine tribute. It looks like that motel hasn’t changed much since that horrible day.

  13. Jane, This is a wonderful remembrance of a great man. Thank you for making us remember and his thoughts are so needed now.

  14. Such a wonderful tribute, the more we talk about bigotry the better is our chance of eliminating it.

  15. Thanks for the tribute and the reminder, Jane. In 1977 I was traveling through Tennessee the day James Earl Ray made his prison break. I sat in an hours-long traffic stop as vehicles were searched one by one. Thankfully he was caught, but it was like the start of the Indy 500 when the freeway opened up.

  16. I absolutely love this! MLK is one of my favorite figures in history ~ such bravery and courage executed from love and devotion instead of hate. I can’t imagine where society would be today without this man because he made such a difference.

  17. Great post, Jane. His words apply more than ever these days.

  18. Beautiful post and beautiful words. In Sweden we still use his speeches as models, analyzing and reflecting upon his words. A giant of a man.

  19. Beautiful sensitive post…..Such wise, wise words were spoken so eloquently..

  20. I get the shivers by only reading these wonderful and brave quotes, knowing how history went (and still goes). So I can imagine how you felt, being at the place where…

    • Hi Noortje- Honestly, I was so undone by the documentary, a women patted my arm as we walked out, tears flowing, and said, “It’s going to be all right, honey…” I was a mess. The quotes hit home today, don’t they?

  21. Beautiful post Jane – excellent choice for responding to the challenge and a terrific tribute. Loved your quote choices as well.

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