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  • Writer's pictureMarissa Molano

Remembering MLK

Everyone has heard the saying ,“I Have a Dream”, but do people remember the importance of this saying, this speech that changed everything. Till this day people celebrate the man of 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 rightfully doing this, he was arrested 29 times. He led all peaceful protests against Jim Crow laws and other forms of discrimination against people of color and many can see how this was racially motivated. 

As a young man, MLK began his journey being heavily involved 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 of Liberal Arts. He was proven to be a dedicated leader and just wanted equality for people of color. 

MLK went through many difficult challenges throughout his leadership to stop segregation during the 1950's. But nothing stopped him from continuing to fight for what he knew was right. 

He brought about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which prohibits discrimination against people of color, different religions, sex or origin. The Voting Right Act finally allowed different races to have the authority to have a say in the government 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 around 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 delivers the message to 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 on the third Monday of January.

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