Seeds: In the 1950’s and 60’s, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential American civil rights activists. He fought for racial equality in the United States at a time of racial segregation.
Core: Most famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech, King was known for his eloquence and peaceful rhetoric. However, as a result of speaking out, he was arrested over 20 times and his house was bombed on several occasions by conservative segregationists. In 1964, he gained global renown and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4th, 1968, King was assassinated while staying at a motel in Memphis.
Skin: On this day, many volunteer in citizen action groups, furthering his legacy. Not only known as a brilliant speech writer, Martin Luther King Jr. is also a symbol for peace and unity and inspires Americans to this day.
Leaves: Today, Martin Luther King Day (celebrated on Jan. 16) is a day synonymous with the celebration of human rights. Perhaps most importantly, the federal holiday named in his honor encourages Americans to take a moment and assess how socially just our current society is.
Food For Thought: What’s your favorite MLK quote? Can you think of other advocates who mirror his goals?
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