Martin Luther King, Jr. (born in Atlanta on January 15th, 1929 to Alberta King and Martin Luther King Sr.), was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. 1
In his youth, King attended Booker T. Washington High School. A precocious student, he skipped both the ninth and the twelfth grade and entered Morehouse College at age fifteen without formally graduating from high school. In 1948, he graduated from Morehouse with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, and enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951.King married Coretta Scott, on June 18, 1953, on the lawn of her parents’ house in her hometown of Heiberger, Alabama. They became the parents of four children: Yolanda King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, and Bernice King.1
Obviously I wasn’t around at the height of the civil rights movement but I’ve watched many documentaries, read many books and listened to stories from people who experienced it first hand of the volatile and triumphant time. Triumphs that were a result of a struggle that many people had to endure. Triumphs that were fleeting as they often opened the door to other obstacles.
I could speak endlessly of the truth and conspiracies of that time. But today, I would like to highlight this man who stood for what he believed in and worked in a non-violent manner in attempts to bring peace to a nation filled with tension. Many souls were lost and many were re-born. Long story short, the journey that began yesterday has brought us to where we are today.
In 1986, US recognized the first “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” on the third Monday in January.
Fast forward to 2013 when USA’s first Black President, President Barak Hussein Obama will be serving his second term as President of the United States of America.
Coincidentally, the public inauguration will be held on January 21st. Martin Luther King Day! This will be the second time that an inauguration falls on this holiday.
Dr. King endured countless hardships believing this day would come. The marches, boycotts, racism, physical and mental abuse, with one goal as the focus; to be treated as equal.
Many people stood strong alongside Dr. King and I can only imagine how their hearts must feel to see what has been accomplished and how far we, as a people (I’m speaking of every race), has come.
Please watch any or all of these videos.
The first is of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech entitled ‘I have a dream’. This year marks the 50th anniversary of when he gave that speech on August 28, 1963. The second video was the last speech he gave which eerily occurred on April 3rd, the day prior to his assassination on April 4th, 1968. The third video allows us to witness these events coming full circle where President Barak Obama is inaugurated on January 20, 2009 and gave a speech on the same platform that Dr. King gave his memorable speech years prior. Many obstacles have been overcome and strides have been made. With that said, we should all continue to focus on the victories and triumphs, continuing to forward to be the best that we can be!
I HAVE A DREAM
I’VE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP
President Barak Obama – Inauguration 2009