This article is a date listing important or significant events that happened (or will happen) on events for the year 1953
- July 26 – "One of the most common tendencies of human nature is that of placing responsibility on some external agency for sins we have committed or mistakes we have made. We are forever attempting to find some scapegoat on which we cast responsibility for our actions…Not environment; not heredity; but personal response is the final determining factor in our lives. And herein lies our area of responsibility." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
- August 31 – Maurice Franklin Greaver (age 67), Chief of Police for the City of Charlottesville for twenty-seven years. 
- Web. Accepting Responsibility for Your Actions, King, Martin Luther, Jr., Montgomery, AL, July 26, 1953; also preached at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church May 2, 1954, retrieved January 19, 2020.