Remembering a Legend: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Paige Kilmer, Author

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Martin Luther King Jr. was an American activist who fought for equal and civil rights for people of color and diversity 

He’s best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech and for being a role model for people of all kinds. Through his strength and endurancehe led the way for equal rights for every race. 

Martin Luther King Jr. was the pastor of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church from 1954 to 1960. It was there that he started a movement for equality. King led the Mongomery Bus Boycott for 385 days after Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat. He was arrested, his house was bombed, and he continued to persevere through it all.  

The list goes on and on as King was relentless in fighting for equality for all. Though people are still racist in today’s world, it’s not accepted and is not tolerated.  

Former student of SMHS, Jasmine Kidrick has been affected by Martin Luther King Jr.’s movements.

“I am mixed, so my mom is white and my dad is black. If it weren’t for the movements that happened back in that time, who knows if I’d even be here because of racial segregation,” Kidrick explained. 

“I’m grateful that somebody (MLK) pushed for what was right,” Kidrick ended.