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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King I want to provide a free copy of his

For those looking for a transcript of his “I Have a Dream Speechhere it is, word for word:

Always use your voice to make a difference. Your voice is the most powerful tool on the planet. You might not be alive one day to see your actions and words change the world, but think of the impact you can have if you start speaking up! As always…

Dream BIG,

Ryan Avery

Author Ryan Avery

Hi, my name is Ryan Avery! Every Sunday I share the "notes" I use to build my keynotes. They are personal stories and tangible strategies we can use to improve the way we communicate at work, at home and with ourselves.

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  • Monty Ray Davidson says:

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”-MLK

  • Amy Robles says:

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Martin Lither King, Jr.

    The first time I heard that in elementary school it gave me chills. Never had words affected me so powerfully.

    What a cool giveaway! Love this idea. Thank you!

  • Andrea Burns says:

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

  • EJ says:

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – MLK

  • Chris Wheeler says:

    “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” Dr. Martin Luther King

  • Thanks for doing the giveaway Ryan!! Awesome idea. I already own MLK’s autobiography so best of luck to the entries. Still wanted to share:) “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

  • Barb says:

    “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

  • Vicki Clakley says:

    “It is always the right time to do the right thing.”

    This is the perfect response when people say it isn’t the right time for a change.

    Warmest regards,


  • Matt Zaun says:

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

  • Lefford Fate says:

    I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!

    As a mixed race and national family (Black American/Caucasian British) We are a Neapolitan family. I am living the dream. We have lived in the Panhandle of Florida, South Carolina and served in Alabama. We live in the South, we are living the dream. Life isn’t perfect but I can see the Dream of Doctor King and I am proud to be a part of that dream realized.

  • Cassandra Fuller says:

    “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Koby Dumas says:

    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – MLK

    You can definitely hear a deafening silence without his voice!

    Hope all is well with you Ryan!!

  • Rita Rehlinger says:

    I just joined your community on Friday. I am impressed with your videos and blog.

    “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

    Thank you for your words of wisdom. Keep up the GREAT work!


  • As a teacher, this is key:

    “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

  • Nikki Nanos says:

    “And with this faith I will go out and carve a tunnel of hope through the mountain of despair. With this faith, I will go out with you and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.” – MLK Detroit 1963

  • Henderson Orndorff says:

    from the August 28, 1963 “I have a Dream” Speech –

    “No, no, we are not satisfied and will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

  • Alison says:

    You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

  • N. Dumin says:

    Pertaining to the difference between just and unjust laws (from MLK’s letter from the Birmingham jail):

    “We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal. If I lived in a Communist country today where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I believe I would openly advocate disobeying these anti-religious laws.”

  • Ryan says:

    WOW! Thank you everyone for posting your quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They were very inspiring and great to read! The winner of this giveaway (Don’t worry, there will be plenty more!) is…. LEFFORD FATE! Congrats and thank you again for everyone for playing! Lefford, I will email you and we can coordinate how you would like to receive your free copy of Dr. MLK’s autobiography!

  • Lefford Fate says:

    Thank’s Ryan I am very happy. Thanks for doing this. I really enjoyed reading all the posts. I look forward to your next event.

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