by Reonna Haywood – Staff Reporter
Martin Luther King Jr. was African American Baptist minister and social activist from Georgia. He stood for peace, equality and justice, especially for African Americans and the social and political disadvantages they face.
King played an integral role in American civil rights movement. He is considered to be the driving force that brought about such a legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion and sex. The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is also considered a byproduct of King’s work, was a law passed at the time of the Civil Rights, which allowed African Americans to vote.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is a day in which we celebrate the man who had the confidence and bravery to fight for what he believed in. This man deserves more than a day because he had the courage to fight for something he, and everyone around him knew the risk of. He lost his life fighting for what he believed in.
Without King fighting for what he thought was right, we would not be where we are today in terms of racial equality. Even though still, to this day, we can see prejudiced acts against people based solely on the color of their skin
Martin Luther King Jr. organized the first major African-American nonviolent protest in 1955 and he orchestrated the Montgomery Bus Boycott. King also organized the historic March on Washington, D.C, in which he delivered his famous speech. “I Have a Dream.”
In his speech, King said “I have a dream that my four little chi1dren 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.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday— King was a successful protester when it came to racial discrimination in federal and state law. It is a day we celebrate all that King has done. It also happens to be celebrated the day after his birthday.
The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after he was assassinated in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983.
Although King died for what he believed in, he showed us that you should never give up on what you think is right. Martin Luther King Jr. has made a significant impact on the lives everyone across the nation, especially African Americans. King is truly a legend to America and to history.