Monday, January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

The name Martin Luther King, Jr. conjures up so many thoughts and emotions. As I write this post, I have tears in my eyes when I think about everything he has done for us. Martin Luther King, Jr. sacrificed his home life and gave his life so that we can have equality, justice, and an opportunity for a better life. He raised public consciousness about the civil rights movement and showed the world that America was not living up to its own creed, "All Men are Created Equal." How can America preach democracy to the world and deprive its citizens their rights.

Martin Luther King established himself as the greatest orator in United States history. King's "I Have A Dream" speech still send chills down my spine. I learned about King at a early age. The more I learned about King's life and heard his speeches the more I became inspired to always to do my best, I gained a sense of pride. This is missing in the younger generation. We have failed to educate Black youth on the sacrifices our ancestors made for us to be able to achieve our dreams, it's never too late. We need to always teach the younger generation about King's legacy, regardless of race.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will always have a special place in my heart. I will make sure that my children will know about King and his contributions to the world, how he paved the way for us. God willing, I will be in Washington, D.C. on the day Martin Luther King, Jr.'s National Memorial is unveiled.

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