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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mr. Voelger period 8 grade 7 social project
By Chris Allen
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today our nation honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
whose life helped pave the way for tomorrow's inauguration
of the first black U.S president.
You may know a lot about King already:
· About his nonviolent campaign for equal rights for blacks.
· About his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 in which he
said: "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."
· And about how he was shot to death in 1968.
His dream was an inspiration to Barack Obama, who was 6
years old when King was assassinated.
In a speech given two years ago at the church
in Atlanta, Georgia, where King was a preacher, Obama
talked about the way King "led this country through the
Obama said: "He did it with words -- words
that he spoke not just to the children of slaves
but the children of slave owners. Words that
inspired not just black but also white, not just
the Christian but the Jew, not just the
Southerner but also the Northerner. He led with
words, but he also led with deeds."
You may know less, though, about what
King was like as a kid. Since today is the
national holiday commemorating his birth, we
thought we'd tell you about his younger years:
He was born at noon on Jan. 15, 1929, in
Atlanta. His birth certificate says his name was
Michael, but he was baptized in 1931 as Martin.
He had a brother and a sister.
His father and grandfather were ministers of
Ebenezer Baptist Church. Young Martin made his
closest childhood friends at Ebenezer's Sunday
school and later said the school helped him learn
how to get along with people.
Black Americans needed Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. but above all America needed him. The
significant qualities of this special man cannot be
underestimated nor taken for granted. Within a
span of 13 years from 1955 to his murder in
1968 he was able to expose America from many
His ways of protesting involved nonviolent passive resistance to racial injustice.
It was the right prescription for our country,
and it was right on time. Hope in America was
waning on the part of many Black Americans,
but Martin Luther King, Jr. provided a candle
along with a light. He also provided this
nation with a road map so that all people
could locate and share together in this great
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