Today, we celebrate the life of a great leader and a great man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia but was later shot and killed on April 4, 1968. He was the son of Alberta Williams King and Martin Luther King, Sr..Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. was the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement who were fighting for the blacks to have equal rights. Dr. King and his team held marches from Selma to Alabama, fighting the good fight for respect, freedom and the rights of his people. The NAACP known leaders of today, Jessie Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, were also by his side during this movement. Sadly, the marches did not get a good response from the white communities and the marches usually ended up very violently. On March 7, 1965, known as “Bloody Sunday”, was their first march where 600 civil rights leaders and marchers were beaten, sprayed with water hoes and tear gassed by police and some were killed – but that didn’t stop them. Even when Dr. King was arrested, he didn’t lose his faith and he didn’t give up. They continued their marches with hope that things would change. That was his mission – change. The change that whites and blacks could come together and be one and not to be seen as two different races. The change that blacks would start being treated as human beings and not dogs. The change that the senseless killings of his people would end. The change for no more segregation. The change for equal rights. Dr. King is also known for his moving speech on August 28, 1983, called ,“I Have a Dream”, which still lives on to this day and miraculously, his dreams have came true. Today, there’s no more segregation, less hatred, more respect and freedom. There’s no more “white’s only” signs outside of dinners, schools are no longer segregated and most importantly we have the right to vote. All because of one man, who fought and died for change.
“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”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.