Martin Luther King Jr. was an ordinary man who like most ordinary people wanted to live his life as a free man and pursue peace and happiness. He founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and led non-violent campaigns around the United States which were instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 1963, he delivered his most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” wherein he dreamed of racial equality. 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for diligent efforts. Four years later in 1968, he was cut down by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis, Tennessee.
To commemorate and honor his life and work, January 15th, his birthday, was made a national holiday, which some Americans have been officially recognizing and celebrating since 1983. Some. Not all.
No matter to me. Sharing these few words to show my respect to Dr. King, and to express my joy of being an American citizen. No, our land is not perfect. But then, other parts of the world can’t exactly be painted as Utopian paradises either. Born here and hope to die on the soil of my homeland. It’s my dream.
“Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech – American Rhetoric.” Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech – American Rhetoric. Trans. Michael E. Eidenmuller. American Rhetoric, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. <http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm>. Top 100 Speeches.
Murray, Stephen. “Top 10 Most Racist Countries in the World.” InfoBarrel. Hinzie Media Inc., 4 June 2013. Web. 19 Jan. 2015. <http://www.infobarrel.com/Top_10_Most_Racist_Countries_in_the_World>. IB Travel & Places.