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It has been almost 41 years that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Dr. King was killed on my birthday, April 4th. Every year around this time there’s biography documentaries on television. It’s one of my favorite times of the year to be informed and inspired. It seems every year I learn something new about what this man has done for this country.
I don’t have time to quote Wikipedia to inform you. I’m simply stating how inspired I am by this man and his life. He certainly was not perfect. Nobody on this earth is perfect. It always amuses me how many people try to find fault in him. Nobody said he was God. I personally celebrate his life for the amazing ability he had to give people hope.
The statement “I have a dream” meant nothing before Dr. King said it. One man had the ability to have the attention of an entire nation. This man inspires me. Everything about his life inspires me. He was dedicated to change the view of a nation. The entire Civil Rights Movement was not just about black and white. Hundreds of activists dedicated their lives to open the eyes of an entire country.
Imagine living in the 60s, in Birmingham, Alabama when your governor wanted to keep you in social bondage. A place that was nicknamed Bombingham. There are still many places in the world today that deal with these socially repressing conditions. There are many people who are not free. This world has not reached the promised land; but thanks to Dr.King we have the vision.
I love being able to live in a country where I can take an entire day to reflect on the life of such a great national hero. His life may be over on this earth but it will forever live in the heart of this country.
“When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop (1968)