Hello world, on August 28th 1963 our belated mentor Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famed, “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington D.C. In my opinion, that anniversary should be celebrated in every home and business throughout the world. The reason being is that equality does not exist in every house hold and noticeably not in every business throughout the world and most visibly American society (in spite of America being recognized as the melting pot of humankind). For example, on June 11, 2008, Charleston High School in Mississippi celebrated their first integrated senior prom. Martin Luther King’s dream still brings positive influence to people today. I believe his opinions can inspire prejudice and racist individuals throughout the existence of mankind.
Many of you may already know that our belated orator was named after a man of German decent. When Martin Luther King Jr. was five years old while traveling with his father (through Germany) then known as Michael King, he discovered and learned about a German Priest, Writer and Theology Professor, “Martin Luther”, who was condemned by Pope Leo X, for his influence of others, his translation of the Holy Bible from the Latin language to German and his defiance of the Holy Roman Empire.
Michael King was so influenced by the German protester, “Martin Luther”, he changed his name to Martin Luther King and his sons name as well, “Martin Luther King Jr.”. I recall this historical event because I have read about the trials and tribulations of Martin Luther King Jr., wondering who influenced him and where he obtained his passion and mental strength from. Well, Martin Luther King Sr. influenced his own son with the help of another activist named, “Howard Thurman”. Our history is truly amazing as there are so many different people that have brought positive energy to this world. I look forward to discussing the influence Howard Thurman had over Martin Luther King Jr., however, that is another article altogether.
Â There are several quotes within Dr. King’s speech that I reflect upon every time I think of him and his contribution to this would. The first, “America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” The other, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
I admire Martin Luther King Jr. for the obvious reasons yet his dedication to educating himself is amazing because his vision was accompanied by self development. He earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology (Boston University) and shared his knowledge within his speeches. In his words, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character is the goal of true education.”
Â Â I wish I could’ve had the opportunity to have Martin Luther King Jr. as a living mentor; fortunately I can read his works, his speeches and be witness to his present day influence on society. I believe that I am living a part of King’s dream, are you? And if so, what part of his dream are you living? Is it his belief in racial equality, civil rights, religion, the respect and dignity of the human personality? Or what I believe the most, “that no man is superior or inferior to another”.