Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

When we think of Martin Luther King Jr., we of course tend to reflect on all the amazing things he accomplished in his life. Whether it was pushing for the civil rights movement or successfully protesting racial discrimination, he certainly is a man of legends. He had 'a dream', and today that dream is ever so vibrant as we celebrate this man.

Martin Luther King Day is, as we all know a federal holiday, which is celebrated every third Monday of January. This is so because King's birthday is January 15th, and thus what a better way to showcase our appreciation for this man, then recognize him in and around his birthday. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's more persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" This question stems from how Martin Luther King Jr. Day has come about. Every year, Americans come together to celebrate this legend and attempt to answer this question. Noted on The Martin Luther King Jr. Day website, this Day of Service is the President's national call to service initiative. The day resembles calling together Americans in hopes of all working together and being at peace with each other.

He certainly is deemed a historical figure as just by hearing his name people are brought back to that day in August 1963, when he delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech in Washington. He wanted to see a day where the promise of equality and freedom for all would not only be a dream but a reality in all of America. Throughout all of his peaceful protests, he enabled African Americans to vote in 1965, was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1964 and led massive protests against segregation of African Americans all over America and beyond. Because of the hard times he lived in, many were against how he was trying to change the world for the good, and this legend of a man was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his strong willpower to never stop believing in making a difference in the world and for all the good he did. He is a legend that will never be forgotten, because in the grand scheme of things we all 'have a dream' of doing good in the world.

What are you doing to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. today? 

Photos: Kheel Center, Cornell University

Melaina is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and as an avid environmentalist with a passion for focusing on healthy living. Having traveled the world and written about it every step of the way, she one day hopes to develop unique environmental educational programs for kids. 

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