“Mom, why are the banks and post office closed today?”
“Because it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”
“Who’s Martin Luther King Jr.?”
This conversation may be heard throughout the USA on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Teaching our children about the vital history which includes one of the most influential men of our history is very important. Martin Luther King Jr. paved the way for social justice and equal rights in the twentieth century. It was during his life that “coloreds” were separated from “whites” causing great divisions to humanity.
What’s so special about Dr. King anyway? The man had a dream in his famous speech, and then the man was assassinated, ironically while he was making a speech about non-violence and social justice. But he indeed swayed the world to be more accepting of humans, regardless of their skin color. The man single-handedly started the civil right movements. He had such passion that he spoke over a couple of thousand times about it. The man lived for serving others, from being a preacher to being a community organizer. He loved his family having four children with his wife Coretta Scott King.
While civil rights were his main message he also spoke passionately about non-violent principals. He was an advocate for those in poverty, especially for those suffering from urban inequality. He found ways to talk about racism and in tearing down the walls that kept people divided.