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  • Writer's pictureMarissa Molano

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Everyone’s heard the saying “I Have a Dream”, but do people remember the importance of this saying, this speech that changed everything?

Throughout the past and present, people have celebrated the man behind this speech, Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Civil Rights Activist and Minister known for fighting and protesting the movement to end segregation. By doing this that was within the law, he was arrested 29 times. He led peaceful protests against Jim Crow Laws and other forms of discrimination against people of color and many can see how he’s greatly impacted our rights today.

As a young man, MLK began his journey involved heavily with social justice and religion, as his father was a Baptist Minister. At the age of 15, he passed the entrance test for college and went to Morehouse College. MLK went through many difficult challenges throughout his leadership to stop segregation during the 1950s, but nothing stopped him from continuing to fight for what he knew was right. He was proven, time and time again, to be a dedicated leader who only wanted equality for people of color.

He brought about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibit discrimination against people of color, different religions, sex or origin. The Voting Rights Act finally allowed different races to have the authority to have a say in the government, specifically on who they would vote for.

King is most known for his famous speech, “I Have a Dream”, that delivered a message not only to America, but to the world. He delivered this speech during the march on Washington and in this speech, he goes over the basic human rights that people of color are neglected from. He delivered a powerful message that called mass amounts of people into the fight for freedom and equality.

For decades, this speech has been remembered and shall continue to be remembered as much as MLK himself, as we celebrate him every year on Martin Luther King Jr. day, which occurs every third Monday of January.

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