Martin Luther King, Jr.: Humanitarian. Activist. Leader. Father.

The four children for whom he had a dream were between the ages of 6 and 12 when he was assassinated in Memphis in 1968. While the nation mourned the loss of a great man, in many ways, his family suffered the loss of something much greater. We know he was a life long brilliant orator with a passion for reading and scholarship. But it’s worth contemplating how much his role as a father shaped his unrelenting desire for change.

Nearly 50 years after his death, his words still give power and meaning to many chapters of our lives, parenthood included.

“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.”

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

“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.”

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