Monday, January 17, 2005

Martin Luther King, Jr.: 1929-1968

"Martin Luther King rectified unspeakable flaws tarnishing America, an America different from the one we see today ... Not only African Americans needed him, but all America needed him. He provided a road map so all Americans could find freedom."

- Peter Chu

"He [Dr. King] says, 'You are as good as anyone' - that makes me feel like I'm important ... I don't care about what other people think about me. I don't care if they say, 'You don't know English.' I know Spanish is my first language and I know that I'm important."

- Student, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Arlington, Virginia

"In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action. ... At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement."


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