On Monday January 21st, we will observe and remember a true hero – the great Martin Luther King Jr.
During his lifetime, Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the many people he believed were being denied of their civil rights.
King sought inspiration and guidance from both Christian values and the words of Mahatma Gandhi.
From 1957 to 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times. He appeared wherever there was injustice, protest, and action.
He served as a freedom leader, and in turn became a world figure for peace and hope.
One instance that shows just how strong of a person King was, is what took place after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat. He became the driving force behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The boycott lasted a total of 382 long days. During this time Martin Luther King Jr was arrested, subjected to personal abuse, and had his house bombed. Despite all of this, King persevered through and fought for what he believed in.
In addition to the Bus Boycott, King planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters. He directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, consulted with President John F. Kennedy, and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson.
When he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, King elected to donate the prize money to further the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s work can serve as a motivation for us all. He never backed down from what he thought was right despite the amount of resistance he experienced, and whole-heartedly continued to work towards equality for all.