"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who worked for racial equality and civil rights in America.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on 15 January 1929.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
After experiencing racism in early in life, Martin decided to do to something to make the world a better and fairer place. His campaign to achieve equal rights for black Americans changed America forever.
Martin Luther King, Jr. protested against, among other things,
- African Americans not being allowed to attend the same schools as white Americans
- African Americans being required to sit at the back of public busses
- African Americans not being allowed to eat in "white only" restaurants
- African Americans not being allowed to vote
Martin Luther King Jr. is famous for his speech : I have a Dream." This speech was about how he wanted to have equal rights as white people.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today ..."
Martin Luther King, Jr; from the speech 'I have a Dream', delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on 28 August 1963
For his work in bringing about changes in a peaceful manner. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964, one of the greatest honours that can be given to a person
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is only one of four national holidays in America to commemorate a person. This shows just how important Martin Luther King was – one of the greatest Americans ever. The holiday was first observered in 1986 and takes place on the third Monday in January.
Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.
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15 January 1559: Elizabeth Tudor, the 25-year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was crowned Queen Elizabeth I at Westminster Abbey in London.