Here’s Martin Luther King in a 1965 interview with Playboy…
I have a job to do. If I were constantly worried about death, I couldn’t function. After a while, if your life is more or less constantly in peril, you come to a point where you accept the possibility philosophically. I must face the fact, as all others in positions of leadership must do, that America today is an extremely sick nation, and that something could well happen to me at any time. I feel, though, that my cause is so right, so moral, that if I should lose my life, in some way it would aid the cause.
On this day, let’s take time to remember not only Dr. King, but all who have selflessly given their lives to fight inequality in America, in turn making it a better place for the rest of us. Also, if you’ve never actually read the full text of the “I have a dream” speech, I highly recommend it.
(Pic via National Archives)