Monday, January 23, 2012

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By now we have all learned at least a small amount about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I mean come on we have a holiday in his honor. He was born on January 15, 1929 and was shot and killed on April 4, 1968. He was thirty nine. Though his death was upsetting for the civil rights activists, who were of all ethnic background, even whites, it was also what filled them with even more passion to keep fighting for equality. While he was alive he also gave many speeches that would continue to ignite the fire in people to listen to his rules about non-violent protests. I believe that Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech was his most influential and most remembered speech of all time. My favorite clause of his speech, which can be found at was:

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

This clause really says something about Dr. King as a person and why people believed in his vision and Dream of gaining equality for the masses.

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