MLK: The man with a dream

Niki Patel, Staff Writer

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For countless students, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is merely a day in January when they do not have to attend school. For others, it is a precious time to celebrate the sacrifice an extraordinary man made for the civil rights of Americans. January 15, 1929 marks the birth of this great man who made one of the most noteworthy impacts in the pages of our country’s history. His cherished talent of eloquent public speaking encouraged people to take action. Over the course of the 1950’s and 1960’s, he participated in multiple non–violent protests to bring about an end to the segregation of African Americans in public places such as schools, hotels, bathrooms, hospitals, restaurants, and parks. Dr. King gave people hope that someday they would have equal rights to personal liberty and freedom, or civil rights. A memorable event associated with King is the “March on Washington,” where he delivered his inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech. This led Congress to pass the landmark Civil Rights Act granting political, social, and economic rights to all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin.

Dr. King’s efforts brought the nation closer to reaching the dream of integration among humankind. His life has exhibited that every person, regardless of color or background, deserves an opportunity to change the world through personal commitment and persistence. Imagine how beautiful the world would be if everyone shared Dr. King’s dream!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life ended with an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. His legacy is one of nonviolence and equality. His words and actions remind individuals of their duty to help others. MLK once stated, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” So as we take a day off to celebrate the King holiday on the third Monday of January, take a moment to remember the cause for a peaceful and relaxing day. Answer his question, “What are you doing for others?” by realizing that everyone can serve others through community service and living by the values of compassion, integrity, respect, and responsibility.

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