Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s American Dream!
We all have dreams. And every dream is important.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that helped inspire America … and the world.
He shared his dream on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington. Dr. King called for America and all Americans to finally realize true racial equality and put an end to discrimination. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech packed, in my opinion, a lifetime worth of wisdom and compassion into a mere 17 minutes.
In part because of this speech, King was named Man of The Year by TIME magazine in 1963. And in 1964, Dr. King was named the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. King bravely worked for change and embodied the spirit of peace!
Dr. King paid the ultimate price for his message when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
One of my closest friends here at Publishers Clearing House, named Val, who is African-American, had this to say about these lines from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech: “I have a dream that my four little children 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.”
Val said, “This quote has had a profound effect on me through the years. It’s a constant reminder that there are two sides to every coin. When I’m out in public, I’m a representative of not only my family, but my entire race. In order to get the character recognition, I have to be a high character person. It brings everything that my family has strived to teach me through the years to the forefront, and it makes me appreciate them that much more.”
To prepare for this blog, I went to the web to do some research. I found web sites I never would have thought to go, but which had wonderful information. My search pointed me to:
My, I really do think that one of the best ways to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King day is to learn a little about this man and his message of peace and true brotherhood. If you went to the web to learn something about Dr. King, please comment below to share your thoughts and discoveries about this special human being.