Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A Man with a Dream who Changed the World


Martin Luther King Jr. waves to the massive crowd that gathered on August 28, 1963 to help reform Civil Rights.

Christopher Thomas, Campus Editor

“I have a dream that one day this nation will 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. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. 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 have a dream today! I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

These words from a famous speech that nearly every American has basic knowledge on. We acknowledge who it was said by, Martin Luther King Jr., and why it was said, civil rights. Well, his dream worked. Civil rights was formed and reformed with the upcoming years and decades and equality was finally brought to every colored person within the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. was truly an American hero who shaped history for the better, something we all hope to do. Yes, our Country seems to be at war with this dream right now as racial tensions seem to be rising and developing exponentially everyday but let us not forget how fortunate we as Americans have it. We do not walk through our streets or drive our cars down the roads worried about bombs under us, we do not wonder where our next food and water may be found, we can make this dream work 110 percent. It takes the people to create change and Martin Luther King Jr. had the best form of change: nonviolence. May we learn from his teachings and his actions with the continuing tensions. As well, we need to remember that this past three day weekend and the (kinda) good sales that some stores had is due to the amazing and monumental change and impact to our Country that he had. May we, also, strive to follow in his footsteps in which we do not judge people based upon their skin color, religion, social status, etc., rather we acknowledge that we are all Americans and humans, who all struggle with life, and that should, ultimately, connect, unite, and shape us.