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Who Was Martin Luther King

Updated on January 17, 2011

Mattin Luther King, The Man

Just Another American

Before I get started I want to acknowledge the events in Toscon, Arizona because that should remind us that we are all valnerable and can succumb to hate, prejudice, and mental unrest, no matter who we are. That is what MLK really wanted to stress in his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

I can remember in the year 1965 as a young kid, I met my hero. There stood a big man, taking the time to shake my hand. Naturally I was in awe. In my mind I had met a celebrity but really he was not much different than you or me. Martin Luther King was born to loving and Godly parents who believed in him and never discouraged him by telling him to stay in his place. They wanted for him a good future and to have a chance at living a successful and happy life. In other words they wanted him to have the rights of all Americans. Life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness. King went about his life with a zest and zeal for learning and was inquisitive as many other normal kids would have been. He began to discover early in life that although he was just like any other person, simply because he was black, he was not accepted as a beaming and budding child with initiative and intelligence but looked down upon as less than a whole person. This deeply disturbed him.A person of resiience and a natural born warrior for causes, he begun to use his God given ability to fight for change. It was not so much what he really wanted as much as he had the calling to do what needed to be done for change. Fairness and equality was all he wanted which would have given him the chance to succeed or fail as any other person. Yes there were people before him and were people after him but I really do believe that he was the chosen one to fight this fight. Martin was just another ordinary kid who went to school, did the things that kids do, attended, college, married and raised a family, He was first of all a child born out of love, a student, a loving, caring father who loved his country and wanted to be counted as just any other American citizen, a teacher, a philosopher, a warrior and a martyr who would have never considered himself a hero. Martin Luther King, Jr. just another American kid who did not necessarily think that he was any better than anyone else but who made the whole world stand up and take a look at what true American principals were all about and made America take a look at itself. "we hold these truths to be self evident that all men were created egual...." By letting true freedum and equality ring, we can truly boast the words of the constitution and on The Statue of Liberty.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

I Have a Dream


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