Martin Luther King Jr, 50 Years Later

50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated but his message will never die. He devoted his whole life to speaking up for the rights and equality of African American Citizens. The amazing part is that he was able to do all of this under the age of 40 which is quite amazing. He focussed on gaining what he wanted through peace and even while white racist people were beating them, separating them, and even killing them, King never wanted to drop down to that low level. King preached this message over and over again saying “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. I think everyone can agree that if evil people were killing your family/friends and not getting any punishment for it, you would want to fight back physically, but King took the higher route and eventually more and more people got on his side.

King has delivered truly some of the most iconic and powerful speeches in history that will never be forgotten. In a time where he was not treated fairly at all, he was able to persevere and not let anyone or anything get in the way of what he wanted to accomplish. He set precedent for years to come in not just civil justice but in all aspects of life. If Martin Luther King Jr. was still alive today he would probably be very pleased to see people speaking up against all the injustice still present today, especially with the younger generations demanding changes.

The things he has done for America will never be forgotten and hopefully, the people that are not living through his message, can start to do so and create a safer and more welcoming place for everyone to live in.

Over spring break I was able to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. historical site in Atlanta, Georgia and see his house and old church he used to preach at. This was a very eye opening experience and I walked out of there feeling different. I had learned about Martin Luther King Jr. in school many times but I do not think schools really do a good job teaching about that aspect of our history. We need to talk about the awful things Americans have done and show just how large the impact that King and other activists have had on improving our country.

 

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