Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we had the day off from school. Then it occurred to us that Ryan doesn't have the day off from school in London, so we thought we would write a post on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and why we get the day off from school.
Well, for starters, as Grace says, Martin Luther King had black hair. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was an African American minister, who believed that all people should be treated equally. He fought against African American prejudice. Back in the 50's, black people couldn't do the same things as white people could, like they couldn't go to the same restaurants, use the same drinking fountains, or send their kids to the same schools. Many white people believed they were better than the African Americans. Martin Luther led a march in Washington DC, where he gave his famous speech "I have a Dream", which stated that he believed that if people could change their ways, black and white people could be treated equally. He was also an advocate for non-violence. Martin Luther helped change many prejudiced laws, and help change how people treated each other.
Unfortunately, there were some white people who didn't want these laws changed, and hated Martin Luther so much they killed him. Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 on a hotel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. He was shot by James Earl Ray, who was eventually captured 2 months later, and put in prison, where he died 30 years later.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a hero for all African Americans and a great American leader. He believed in what was right and didn't let any one change that. He helped make the United States a better country. That is why we get the day off of school.
Since Grandma Sota and Grandpa M. lived while Martin Luther was alive, we would love to hear any memories or opinions they might have relating to the subject.
Paul, Elizabeth, and Grace