Saturday, July 24, 2010

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr - Dare to Dream

By Victor Porrello

Martin Luther King, Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15th, 1929 to parents Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. Martin attended Booker T. Washington High School where he skipped the 9th and 12th grades. At the age of 15 he entered Morehouse College graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. King entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania where he received his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951. In 1955 Martin received his Doctorate degree in philosophy from Boston University.

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. spent his life fighting the hatreds of racism and segregation. He fought for equality not only for blacks but for poor white people who were oppressed. His writings and sermons will live on as not only a testament to this great American and Humanitarian but as a testament to the brotherhood of all mankind.

On August 28th, 1963 this black man, a holy man, a leader in his community and an inspiration not only to his race but to people of all colors walked the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to make a speech. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr came to Washington D.C. to show support for the 200 thousand plus people during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. The speech was called "I Have A Dream" and when these words were spoken an icon was born, a true American who knew what America was all about, would be a beacon of hope, of promise not only to the present generation of his time but for the many generations to come. His speech ended with the words, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" He spoke these words to all mankind.

King called on the decency of all Americans to put aside their prejudices, stop the hatred, and let all Americans live the dream, the American dream. His desire was to turn people from their prejudices not by guns but through faith and love of fellow man this great man spoke of a world where justice will prevail.

Martin Luther King, Jr 's "I Had A Dream" speech has become the most significant speech of the 20th century in America and in the history of mankind. We've come a long way since that day at the Lincoln Memorial yet this speech still has significance today as it did in1963. With the trial and tribulations of an ever growing immigration problem, to political unrest and to the challenges we all face as Americans in today's modern world we still haven't reached the full potential of Reverend King's dream. Only in our faith in God, our love for our country and fellow countryman, and adherence to the laws and constitution that our forefathers set forth at the very beginning of our existence as a country, will the dream be realized.

Reverend King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. On April 4th, 1968 King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. In 1986 a U.S. national holiday was established in his name, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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