by: Jordyn Stanley and Dakari Johnson, staff writers 

Celebrating a life

Martin Luther King Jr. was a famous activist in the civil rights movement, known for his undying passion for blacks and whites to be equal. Becuase of his hard work and dedication, Martin Luther King was given the honor of a national federal holiday to show appreciation for the sacrifices he made before his life was taken, and the continued impact he has made on our nation even after his death in 1968.
The story of Mr. King is known worldwide and celebrated all across America; he was a
man full of love for all people, but was a fighting force for all African Americans during the times of segregation. Mr. King was an American Baptist minister for 6 years who fought against racial division during the civil rights movement, using nonviolent civil disobedience based off of his stern Christian beliefs.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant,” King said.
The Federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January of every year, falling very close to his birthday on Jan. 15. Various events all across America are held on this day of the year, including one in Fayetteville “March of unity in our community, Spend the day MLK way, and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.”
Martin Luther King was a man of many talents and respectable qualities. He fought for
the things in life that he cared about most, no matter the consequences. Unfortunately, the godly man couldn’t please everyone, and was assassinated for his beliefs in human rights.
People in our nation, and especially our school community, should think about how Mr. King would feel if he witnessed the discord among each other after his ultimate sacrifice for equality.

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