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Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated to honor his legacy of leading the peaceful movement for Civil Rights in the United States.  The movement began in 1955 when he supported Rosa Park's courage not to move to the back of the bus.  For a year he led the peaceful boycott not to ride the bus while his family was threatened with fire bombs.  After ten years of having one focus, equality, the Voters Rights Act was passed in 1965.   He was the youngest man to win the Nobel Peace Price at age thirty five.  He was the first black man to achieve Time Magazines prestigious man of the year.   He was of great intellect and started college at age fifteen.  Seven hundred and thirty streets are named after him.

He achieved all of these things in his short thirty nine years on earth when his life came to an end while standing up for the poor.  He led the Poor Peoples Campaign in 1968 which was not supported by some.  He gave his last speech in 1968 on April 3, in Memphis, Tenn.  He predicted his end but wanted to keep his dream alive of equal rights for all.

His faith sustained him through the darkest times.  He believed, "No lie can live forever."  He said, "You reap what you sow."  He stood by his convictions not to use violence because it expresses hatred.  He quoted,
"All men were created equal."  He believed in prayer for those who persecuted him and walked in forgiveness.

Let us continue to remember his legacy and the beliefs he stood for.  Parades were watched, speeches given, children taught his story to keep his dream alive.  He is an example of taking a ground and standing up to what is right even when it was very difficult.  He did not waver in his beliefs. 

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