By Mirvat Chammout
Unis Middle School
I have a dream that I will be a movie star. You have a dream that you will finally get that new I-phone 4S. Your parents have a dream that you will be successful in life and get into a great college.
But “I have a dream” was more than a saying to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Dr. King led nonviolent civil right movements in the 1950s. He believed that African Americans were equal to everyone else. The famous saying “I have a dream …” has inspired citizens worldwide.
Without bravery, Dr. King would not have made that speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Without bravery, Barack Obama would not be our president. Without bravery, Rosa Parks would not have stood up for her rights by staying seated on that bus on self on Dec. 1, 1955. On Dec. 16, we celebrate Dr. Kings birth.“It’s not about the skin color, it’s about the personality,” said Seham Almihtar, a 6th grade student at Unis Middle School. “It wasn’t a good life and Dr. King changed that. Dr. King made a big difference in the world.”
In 1954, Dr. King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. In December 1955, Dr. King was ready to start his first nonviolent protest, the bus boycott which lasted 382 days.
Finally, after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the laws for segregation on buses were unconstitutional, African Americans rode buses as equals to all Americans. At age 35, Dr. King became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10, 1964. He turned over the prize money of $54,123 to the civil rights movement.
Dr. King was arrested at protests, his house was bombed, and he received threats. When African Americans heard that Dr. King’s house was bombed, they wanted revenge, but Dr. King disagreed. He said that violence was never the answer.“Dr. King showed us the difference between black and white,” said Aya Swaidan, a 7th grade student at Unis Middle School. “After Dr. King’s death, there has been more freedom to blacks.” On April 4, 1968, the day that Dr. King was supposed to lead a protest with garbage workers, Dr. King was assassinated while standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis,Tenn. “I respect Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because he wanted something so bad and fought for it and paid with time because he had to go to jail and with life when he was assassinated,” said Aliruda El-Sayed, an 8th grade student at Unis Middle School. “I dream that everyone will be kind to one another and no war will occur.”
Throughout Dr. King’s life, he thought about others before himself. His sympathy for African Americans has inspired them to live their life as they wish.
Hopefully, his kindness will rub off on the world.