“ I have a dream that one day this nation will rise and live out
the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self
evident that all men are created equal.” This is a famous speech was
given by Martin Luther King Jr. He believed that we are all equal
on the inside and outside.
The speech that he wrote about above was called “I have a
Dream”. This speech was told at Washington D.C. at
Lincoln Memorial on August, 28, 1963. He wasn’t afraid to
speak his mind. He was upset about the fact that African Americans
were treated badly.
People reacted differently. Most African Americans and other
people agreed with him. But most whites disliked him. African
Americans were disliked by white people. I think because whites
thought they were better than the black people. But the truth is we
are all equal.
When he went to speak some people thought that he was
amazing to stand up for what is right. He was even arrested for
believing in what he though was right. When others heard him
speak they were mad because they thought is he trying to
change something that never will change, but they were wrong.
He impacted people by giving them hope and maybe just
maybe a chance to be treated like a regular person. And someday
believe it or not that white children and African Americans will be able
to sit with each other and be friends. He gave them light at the end
of a dark tunnel.
He became involved with the civil rights movement. He wanted
peace between African Americans and whites. He also wanted equal
treatment for African Americans. He and other African American
leaders began a protest in Montgomery Alabama in 1955.
They began a boycott of the bus services. African Americans
walked instead of taking the bus. It lasted over one year.
Martin Luther King Jr. was always asked to speak. But that didn’t
leave a lot of family time so he wrote a book called Stride Toward
Freedom . When he was at a book singing an angry woman came
and stabbed him with a mail opener in the chest, but he recovered.
At some of his peaceful demonstrations the police sprayed water
hoses at them and used dogs to try to hurt them.
He thought that poverty caused a lot of anger and frustration.
Poverty was not just for African Americans but also for white people
Asians and Hispanics. In April of 1986 he went to Tennessee
to help workers on strike. There he would give his last speech.
But unfortunately Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on
April 4,1968. He was walking out of his hotel room when he was
shot . He died from the gunshot wounds. Many people were upset
about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. Not Just African Americans
were upset about the death of Dr. King but white people were too.
Martin Luther King Jr. touched a lot of people. He helped to
change the future.He wasn’t afraid to speak for what was right . I
think that he knew that he was going to make change. That is why I
chose Martin Luther King Jr.