When thinking about the American Civil Rights Movement, no name stands out more than Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Christian minister and equal-rights activist was a powerful speaker and leader of the effort to de-segregate blacks and whites in the United States. His day of birth, January 15, 1929, is still celebrated with a federal holiday each year – this time falling on January 20.

Most widely recognized for his “I Have a Dream” speech, given during the 1963 March on Washington, King also helped organize famous protests, including the March from Selma to Montgomery, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. King was assassinated in 1968, but American life changed forever as a result of his vision of a society in which each person could be judged based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

LNGenZ presents a selection of quotes taken directly from the man himself: