Monday was MLK Day, & I spent a lot of time thinking about who Martin Luther King, Jr. was. We all know a little bit about Mr. King. He was a pastor, a speaker, a Civil Rights leader, a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He gave the famous "I Have a Dream Speech." When I went through school, I thought he was a really good man. It wasn't until I graduated high school, though, that I gained a deeper respect for him.
The summer after my senior year, I got to choose our vacation destination, & I wanted to go to Washington, D.C. I had gone with my family the year before & loved it, so I wanted to go back. On the way,.we went on a Civil Rights tour of the southern U.S. Our first stop was Memphis, Tennessee. There, we saw the place where Mr. King was assassinated, the Lorraine Hotel. It made everything so much more real. I saw the place where his assassin stood, & the room where Mr. King stayed.
If you haven't already (or even if you have), you should take the time to read King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." This was another thing that made me gain even more respect for Mr. King. It's where his famous quote, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" came from. Here's a link, if you're interested.
When I think about the influence Mr. King had, not just in the U.S., but in other countries, & on my family personally, I can't help but admire him. He truly was a hero.