Martin Luther King Day

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most famous civil rights activists in history. On January 15, his non-violent fight against racism is commemorated.

According to Biography, King was born January 15, 1929, thus marking MLK Day in history. Several years later, he began his movement against racism and segregation, which was a long journey of thirteen years until his unfortunate death in 1968.

King’s civil rights movement began in 1955 when Rosa Parks and a fifteen-year-old girl refused to give their seats up on the bus. The women were later arrested and King was chosen to lead the infamous boycott against citywide buses. “We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience. We have sometimes given our whited* brothers the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice,” King stated in his first speech.

One of King’s most memorable speeches was his “I Have a Dream” speech that he gave in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. “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,” King said in his speech. The speech has been widely regarded as inspirational and monumental in America’s history.

Thirteen years after starting his movement began, King was assassinated on the balcony outside his room with a sniper’s bullet by James Earl Ray, a former convict, according to Biography. Though King died that day, he left an astronomical impression on people everywhere, and his legend will not be forgotten.

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