Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Martin Luther King Jr (Research someone who has fought for peace or equality)

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character."

These were the words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr on the 28th August 1963 that would change the world for the better.

 Martin Luther King Jr was an African American who fought for equal rights for all Americans in the late 50's and 60's. He believed that people shouldn't be judged by the colour of their skin but by their character, he led non-violent protests and spoke out against segregation and discrimination on the basis of race and beliefs. He gained the support of thousands of people worldwide, both black and white. In 1964 he became the youngest person to recieve the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination.

While trying to share what he believed in he risked his life, his house was bombed, he had numerous death threats and he was arrested many times before finally, he was assasinated outside his motel room in Memphis on April 4th 1968 by James Earl Ray.

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr, hadn't spoken out and nothing changed. Because of him, America has its first African American President, Barack Obama. I think it is fair to say that Martin would have been proud.

"Free at last! Free at last!" - Martin Luther King Jr 28/08/63

     

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