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“What does Martin Luther King Jr mean when he says "If you can't fly then run, if you...

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em444 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted June 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM via web

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“What does Martin Luther King Jr mean when he says "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM (Answer #1)

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known as the most important leader of the Civil Rights Movement in which African Americans did whatever they could to fight for justice.  They did this even when it seemed like they would never win.  This sort of determination is what King is talking about in this quote.  He is saying that no matter what your limitations are, you have to do as much as you can to improve.  You have to forget about what you can't do and instead just focus on doing as much as possible.  If you do this, you can end up accomplishing things even when they seem impossible.

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