I Had a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Yesterday, 18th January,  it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day (aka MLK Day).

On this day, America shuts down for this federal holiday to commemorate the great orator (1929 – 1968) , who led the great “I had a dream” speech. This was the man who led the peaceful protests against segregation during the Civil Rights Movement.

This speech is his most famous one. It sends chills down my spine listening to it. As I listen to it, it almost seems like a poem to me. The cheers from the crowd are amazing. It must have been something to had been there, in person, to listen to his oration.

The driving force behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955), where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white person, Martin Luther King Jr. was the the youngest man at the age of 35 to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

A year shy of turning 40, he was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. I believe the real reasons are still not known, but there has been hints of conspiracy, according to Wikipedia.

Imagine how different the world would be if he was still alive today?


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