“A symbol of humanity”
“A model without model”
“An element that is the scarcest in this world”
“An archetype of idealism”
“A man who never waits for tomorrow”
“Perspiration is the achievement path for Martin Luther King.”
“A true philosopher”
“A model for me”
-Lay Vicheka's quotes on Martin Luther King.
History is indeed made up of significant events which shape our future and outstanding leaders who influence our destiny.
Dr. Martin Luther King's contributions to American history place him in this inimitable position. In his short life, Martin Luther King made American citizens realize and rectify those unspeakable flaws which were tarnishing the name of America.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was first named as Michael, later he changed it as Martin. As he grew up in Atlanta, Georgia; he saw the afflictions caused by a society separated by race. He desperately wanted to see a change.
That comfort came when he read and studied the teachings and works of Mohandas Gandhi of India. Dr. King saw Gandhi's passive resistance from under the British system of domination- and he related those views to his in America.
THE MAGNIFICENT CHANGE
Martin Luther King Jr. catapulted to fame when came to the assistance of Rosa Parks, the Montgomery, Alabama Black seamstress who refused to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery bus to a white passenger.
In those days American Blacks were confined to positions of second class citizenship by restrictive laws and customs. Black Americans needed a Martin Luther King, 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 death in 1968 he was able to expound, expose, and extricate America from many wrongs. Americans of African descent were forced into an unconditional status as second class human beings.
Dr. King was the catalyst for the vision and leadership was holistic and ground upon the principles of nonviolence.
'I HAVE A DREAM'
On August 28, 1963, the historic March on Washington drew more than 200,000 people to the Lincoln Memorial. It was then that King made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, emphasizing his belief that someday all men could be brothers.
The rising tide of civil rights agitation produced a strong effect on public opinion. This resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 authorizing the federal government to enforce desegregation of public accommodations and outlawing discrimination in publicly owned facilities. This also led to Martin Luther King receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for 1964.
By 1968, the years of demonstrations and confrontations were beginning to wear on Martin Luther King Jr. During that time he was assassinated by a bullet on April 4, 1968.
“The difference between
a dreamer and a visionary
is that a dreamer
has his eyes closed and
a visionary has his eyes open”
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.