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Today's protests for King's dream of equality

Today's protests for King's dream of equality

Emily Schommer

Today's protests for King's dream of equality

Emily Schommer

Emily Schommer

Today's protests for King's dream of equality

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Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement. On the third Monday in January, we celebrate King, a federal holiday meant to honor the life and legacy of the civil rights leader and encourage Americans of all backgrounds to join together in service of their communities.

Why do we celebrate King? Jen Davis, sophomore at BHS puts it in simple terms: “He was brave, and he was loving. No matter the skin color, the religion, or social class, King loved with no boundaries when everyone else was too afraid too.”

King told us what in means to have faith. He told us what it means to stand up for what you believe in without fear or question when he said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Still today, his words teach people to stop being a bystander. When he said, In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”, he makes us step up and fight for those that can’t fight for themselves. When he said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”,  he drives home his point.

Emily Schommer
Person standing up for what they believe in

Stop thinking of just yourself and your life. Look at the world you live in. If you see something broken, step up, fix it. And if you can’t fix it yourself, get others to help you until you have enough manpower.

That is exactly what King did when fighting for equal rights. He saw the discrimination, the cruelty, and the illness of society. He knew that he himself couldn’t cure it, but he was intentional in his actions. He spread the word and got people to join the movement. Together they fought peacefully.

He is proof that when you fight for whats right, no matter the size of the issue, one day you too will be able to say, “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”

Although King may be gone today, his memory lives on. A quick look back at his inspirational words gives insight into the society that King dreamed of, and the responsibility we have to keep that dream alive.

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