The Impact of Martin Luther King Jr.


Mya McCarty, staff writer

As you probably know, Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most well-known Civil Rights Movement leaders. He changed lives and stood up for what he knew was right. Every year, on the third Monday of January, schools all across America take a day off of school to honor him. We often overlook it as a free day with no school, but it’s essential to note the reasons we take a day to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Born on January 15, 1929, King knew of the separation between white and black people. But once he started school, his eyes were opened even more. At 26 years old, he led the Montgomery bus boycott. King and many others refused to ride buses in Montgomery, Alabama. This was only the beginning of his journey to fight for civil rights. He went on to lead many more movements and peaceful protests.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King gave one of the arguably best speeches in history: “I Have a Dream”. “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 today.” He focused on doing things in a very peaceful manner, unlike the world around him. This speech really displayed that. He could’ve been violent in attempts to change the way of the world, but he chose to give a speech where the words would persuade and empower people.

Martin Luther King Jr. has impacted the lives of so many Americans, and his legacy will be remembered for many years. He was a man who chose peace in a world of violence. He was a man who chose love in a world of hate. Our country wouldn’t be the place it is today if it weren’t for Martin Luther King Jr.

So I encourage you, each year on the third Monday of January, to take a few minutes to read the “I have a Dream” speech and really understand why we get a day off of school.

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