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Staff, students remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jessica Kenyon
Antelope Staff

On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped behind a podium situated in front of the Washington Memorial. As he looked upon thousands and thousands of patrons holding their breath to his every word, he delivered one of the most memorable speeches in the history of the United States. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech has been immortalized through the ages as words that will never die in the ongoing fight for equality in the United States.

King made it his life’s work to personally see that blacks were seen in the same light as whites in America. He was cursed, spit on, abused and threatened both personally and for his family, but the threats didn’t stop him from working toward equality.

As many had feared, King paid the ultimate price fighting for that equality—losing his life to gunfire on April 2, 1968.

Some believe that King’s dream of equality will never come true. Changing laws for equality is one thing, but you cannot change people’s personal opinions because they have a right to them. Racism of any kind will be passed down from generation to generation. It is up to individuals to stop it, but that is over six billion people. No idea what you are indicating?

Others believe that we have made a substantial amount of progress. I heard someone say, “We have a black President now.” Does having a black President eliminate all discrimination and racism throughout the world?

To what extent has King’s dream panned out? Did this nation rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal?” According to the laws, yes. Do children now live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character? According to some people, no. The realization of King’s dream of equality only comes down to what each person believes, and anywhere you go there will be different opinions.


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