Today, January 21, 2013, we celebrate the man and his work, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..
He was a southern Baptist minister who began his career in Montgomery, Alabama. This was a very difficult time for African-Americans because they were not treated as equal to whites.
Dr. King stood up for what was right. Through his preaching and public appearance he rallied a nation, the lawmakers, to do the right thing and insure that there were equal rights for all Americans, not just white Americans.
These inalienable right are guaranteed in the constitution that formed our country.
Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work. He donate the full prize of $54,000 (which was a lot of money back then) to work furthering the Civil Rights Movement.
What I admire most about Dr. King was that he stood up for what he believed. He opened his mouth and said, “This is not right!”
Many people don’t do this. Especially at school. That’s how bullies become bigger bullies. Because nobody will speak up and say, “Hey, that’s not right!”
Bullies take away your rights and you should never permit anyone to do that to you.
You are important. You have a right to live free. Free of fear and worry. Free from being put down by someone who is no better than you.
Dr. King spoke up for all people. As a preacher, he taught that we are all created equal, one nation, under God.
He had a dream and gave a famous speech in Washington, D.C. that was attended by 100, ooo’s of thousands of people, black and white. Millions have watched it since because it was so good. You can CLICK HERE to watch it on YouTube.
My favorite part was when he talk about his dream for his children. “That one day his four little children would live in a nation where they would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
“I have a dream,” Dr. King said.
How about you?
Do you have a dream?
Are you sharing it with those who can help you make it come true?
Are you speaking out?
Your thoughts, your plans, your dreams are just as important as anyone else’s.
Follow your dreams…don’t let anyone put you or your dreams down.
You are great now, just as you are. God made you that way.
And you will be better still, in the future, if you follow your dream.
But you must work hard at it. Dr. King knew this.
So what will you do today, to help you make your dream come true?
Writing down your goals helps. Leave a comment. Share your dream. Speak out below.
If you won’t speak out now, when will you?
Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today.
He did great things, and died tragically from an assassins bullet on April 4, 1968, while serving the people of this nation. He was only 39 years old. He died protecting your rights and the rights of others. It is people like him who made this country one of the greatest places on the Earth to live.
Honor Dr. King today…it’s why you have a day off from school today.
Robby “I have a dream” McSmall, out and on vacation today sayin’…
Live your dream!
P.S. Interesting Facts: Dr. Alfred Nobel, the Swedish scientist who established the Nobel Peace Prize was the inventor of dynamite. The award is given by the Norwegian Parliament. Dr. King at 35 was the youngest ever to receive the award at the time, and the 12th American to receive the award. The prize was first began in 1901 and was set up to honor acts “for the furtherance of brotherhood among men and to the abolishment or reduction of standing armies and for the extension of these purposes.”