Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968)

Martin Luther King Portrait Art

His dream continues to live on in our hearts

August 28, 1963, I have a dream

It was fair day in August 28, 1963 when he stood on a stage in Lincoln Memorial. He delivered his speech called “I have a dream”, people can’t help it to realize that they were living a life of cruelty. This world recognizes no race above the other, there is no special treatment regardless you are a black or a white. His speech captivated people to end the racism that has governing them for a long period of time. What captivated him to stood in the stage that day is the observation that the black was not free despite the of the efforts in stopping inequality that has been hunting them for too long. The Emancipation Proclamation succeeded when it comes to raising awareness that the black people who are slaves are not a property, they are humans entitled to have enriching lives, ┬áthus they have to be set free. But it was never enough to break the strongholds of racism and unfair treatment of the Negro.

Symbolic name change

His name is Michael Luther King Jr. which he changed later on to Martin. The reason for changing the name was due to religious reasons. His father, King Sr. was once in a trip where he met a German protestant reformer. The connection was strong, and since the changing of names in religion symbolizes a new beginning, King Sr. went home and changed their names to Martin. And his father was right, the name Marthin Luther King made it to the history.

 

His journey

Martin was born and raised in a religious culture. He was man who knows discipline as his father continually whipped him till he reached 15. At a young age, he had love for singing and became part of a church choir. On his father’s passing, he took the place of becoming the pastor, a position where he learned how to speak.

His dismay against the unfair treatment of Negro in the community started when he was a boy. He had white friends, they were close and play everyday. But being a Negro, his friends’ parents didn’t approved him and restricted their sons from playing with him. There was such a great division between white and the black. They can’t share the same school and as much as possible don’t get near each other or else, there will be confrontations and unpleasant remarks.

Despite his challenges as Negro, it didn’t stop him to achieve excellence in school. He graduated college at the age of 19, and pursued higher education. He met Correta Scott his wife and had 4 children. Martin is a family man yet the passion to end racism is strong and he kept fighting it and caused him to be arrested 30 times within his lifetime. In April 4, 1968, he was assassinated by James Earl Ray. He was brought to the hospital however he is already dead upon arrival. The doctors said that Martin must have a great love for what he do because at the age of 39, his heart was already a heart of a 60 year old.