Let Us Not Forget a King - Martin Luther King Jr
“Non- violence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. Non violence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You refuse not only to shoot a man but you refuse to hate him.”
Martin Luther King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.
He had a brother, Alfred and
a sister, Christine. His father was a Baptist priest named Michael King
and mother was a school teacher who taught her kids to read even before
they went to school. His father traveled to Europe and was inspired
by the German Protestant leader Martin Luther. He then changed his name
to Martin Luther King and that of his son to Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. faced
racism early in his childhood. These made him feel the need to change
the society and free his African American brother. After graduation
from Morehouse College, he married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953. He
became a pastor of a Baptist church in Alabama in 1954. They had 4 children;
Yolanda King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King and Bernice
King was greatly influenced by the Jewish Old Testament and the Christian New Testament. Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest people to influence him. He was deeply touched by Gandhi’s teachings and his non- violent means to secure independence of India from the British. King even visited the Gandhi family in India in 1959 to understand more of Gandhi’s non-violent resistance. He used these teachings in his peaceful mass protests and Civil Rights Movements all across the US.
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Martin Luther King - Civil Rights movement
Martin Luther King led a Civil Rights movement demanding equal rights for the Blacks. If today an African American has the right to vote or the right to go to the same school or college as that of his White American, it is because of the struggle and effort of Martin Luther King or fondly MLK.
Thus, every African American owes the freedom and liberty he or she now enjoys in America to King. Even the White Americans owe him something greater. America now stands as a model country for Equality and tolerance and emerges as the World Leader without having anyone point a finger at them. And this is as a result of the aspiration and dream of a great social worker and human rights activist- King. He taught not only the Americans but the whole world lessons on Human Rights and Equality. His struggles and peaceful protests for racial equality changed and shaped America into a great nation we see today- the Land of hopes and Opportunity.
In January 20, 2009 the country
witnessed another great event in its history- when African American
Senator Barrack Obama, another MLK follower, took his oath as the first
Black President of America. That was the day when Martin Luther King’s
dreams were realized; after nearly three decades of his famous speech
“I have a dream”.
Famous Quotes of MLK
have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out
the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal."
“I have a dream that my four little
children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged
by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“I have a dream that one day on
the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of
former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”
August 28, is called “Dream Day” when in 1963 King made the famous speech “I have a Dream”.
Martin Luther King Junior's Historic Last Speech
MLK was a human rights activist,
a social thinker, a Baptist minister, a great orator and the youngest
Nobel Prize Winner (at an age of 35).
MLK objected to US’s Vietnam
War. He said the money spent on war should have been spent for the betterment
of the lives of his countrymen.
To quote him:
“A nation that continues
year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs
of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
One of the greatest casualties
of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield
Who Killed Martin Luther King?
Hidden Facts About Martin Luther king jr Assassination
In 1968, April 4, Martin Luther
King was shot down in the balcony of his motel room in Memphis where
he was to lead a protest march with the striking garbage workers of
the city. His last speech the day before he was assassinated was “I
have been to the Mountain Top”.
The Time Magazine honored King
as “Man of the Year” in January 3, 1964 with a cover photo and story.
America commemorates each year
in January as Martin Luther King Day on his Birthday. It is a national
holiday in US.
Some of MLK’s quotable quotes are:
“Freedom is never voluntarily
given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
“In the End, we will remember
not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King’s actions
and words still linger in the minds of the Americans. Every major city
in US has a street or school named after King. His legacy still continues
to inspire till the end of the world.
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