“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Strength to Love
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929, and he was born into a family of pastors. King attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduated from high school at fifteen years old, and then received a B.A. in 1948 from Morehouse College. He was awarded with a B.D. in 1951 from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, where he was elected class president, and completed his residence for a doctorate in 1955 from Boston University. He met his wife Coretta Scott in Boston, and they had two sons and two daughters together. King is nobly known for his work in civil rights; he was a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke hundreds of times, as well as writing five books and many articles for the progression of civil rights. King was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at age thirty-five, and he donated his prize money to the civil rights movement. On April 4th, 1968, King was assassinated before he was scheduled to lead a protest in striking garbage workers of Memphis, Tennessee.
Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most notable and timeless figures in U.S. history, and perhaps around the world. Not only are we celebrating one person’s accomplishments, but the impact that those accomplishments had on his generation and future generations to come. His name is very well-known, and it may be over-looked because of its familiarity, but I wanted to remind you that we should reflect on the influence he had on the civil rights movement, and how much that meant to the people that believed and fought for the rights we all have today. One of my favorite quotes is, “I don’t plan on changing the world, but I hope to inspire the mind that will.” Not only did King change the world, but he has inspired others to do the same.