Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I wanted to take some time to provide you with some information about this civil right leader and a man that is an inspiration to me and many others.
Dr. King was a religious man who used his spiritual beliefs as a stepping off point for the political and social beliefs that he fought and ultimately surrendered his life for. Though his religious background may differ from mine and many others, he elected to consider equal rights for all as an overarching theme from his religious studies. During the 50's and 60's he worked to end racial segregation and discrimination and became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. His "I have a Dream" speech is one of the most recognizable and inspirational speeches of our modern times.
Dr. King admired the work of Mahatma Gandhi and visited him in India in 1959. As you know, Gandhi is the speaker of our school theme, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." His visit with Gandhi and the inspiration he drew from Gandhi's work solidified King's desire to enact change through non-violent means such as peaceful protests. Despite the non-violent nature of Dr. King, many were opposed to his views and sadly Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. I am glad that MLK day is celebrated on his birthday rather than on the anniversary of his death because I believe that we should celebrate his birth and his existence, not the cruel act that ended his amazing life.
The March on Washington in 1963 was the venue of the iconic "I have a Dream" speech.
(all photos from wikipedia)
I encourage you to view the video below to see Dr. King speak his famous words.
Audio of the speech below. Click and listen.
Here is the speech in its entirety... (from AmericanRhetoric.com)
Thank you for taking some time to honor and reflect on the message behind the reason why we don't have school today. Remember that you, too, can enact change and be a force for goodness and justice. Dream YOUR dreams and be spectacular; I already think that you are!
-Miss K :)
(originally posted 01.18.10)