Martin Luther King Jr., A Political Icon

Martin Luther King’s dream is important to all of us because we all want to have a lot of friends. We all want to buy stuff wherever we want to. We all want to go on the bus and sit wherever we want to without having to sit in the back of the bus or getting arrested. No one wants to walk ten miles just to go to school. These are some of the things black people had to do before Martin Luther King and civil rights.

The elder King began referring to himself (and later to his son) as Martin Luther King.

I wish we didn't have to have one day out of the year set aside for Martin Luther King. I wish that everyone could just remember him and his legacy every day of the year instead of this forced remembrance we have every January. If Dr. King were here today, you know what I think he'd challenge us to do? Try. Not for one day out of the year, but for every day, just walk out your door and try to see things from the point of view of the guy that just screwed up your order at McDonald's. Try and see things through the eyes of the guy that scrubs your floors at work. Try and see the world the way those less fortunate than you do. Try and realize that all those random people you pass by on any given day that seem completely inconsequential to you and your life probably think the same thing about you. And really, just try to change the way you think about all that. Everyone seems to think that in order to honor Dr. King, there has to be some kind of new age revolution. Well look, you don't have to start your own civil rights movement, just go out there and do your best to be a good person and try to find a way to trust that the guy passing you by on the street is doing the same thing...for more than one day out of the year.

Martin Luther King’s Funeral and Assassination

Two people who faced great adversity in their lives were Martin Luther King Jr.

It was the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a father of four, a civil rights leader, a clergyman and the man that changed the views on segregation.

Martin Jr.’s parents were Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr....

When my Godchild was born on January 15 I decided that I would do something meaningful on that day every year in honor of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. As a music teacher of a middle school years ago, and currently at an elementary school, I wrote and produce a play every year about Dr. King and this important moment in history, and the courageous people who persevered for justice in the face of hate and injustice and violence. This year, as I look at my students preparing to perform this play, I look at how they have taken ownership of it, of the history, and how they grasp the meaning of it in their own lives, and I know my work, and Dr. King's work was not in vain. I also see how my students relate to one another, White and Black and Mixed, Christians, Jews, Hindus and Muslims, middle class and economically struggling, and I marvel at how time and knowledge have changed things, at how much better things are today - not perfect but so much better. There is hope for future generations.

was born to Alberta and Martin Luther King.

If you feel like you want to help others see how beautiful equality can be, don't force it on them. Force can lead to violence, and like how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed, violence is not the answer. Don't get mad if you can't help the person, just hope that they will see how amazing equal rights can be. You don't even have to say anything, be a silent role model for those around you.

His father Martin Luther King Sr.

His grandfather began the family's long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor.

His parents were Reverend Martin Luther King Sr.

Martin Luther King's impact on race relations was unparalleled in history. His impact on violence, like that of Gandhi and Jesus of Nazereth was a failure. Broadcast television is overwhelmed by the people's choice of films starring Stalone, Shwartzenager, Diesel, Norris and the like who give a quick nod to the virtue of non-violence and quickly proceed to solve the predicament at hand with as much violence as they can muster. "Law and Order" fulfills the popular philosophy that, at some point, civil rights and prohibitions against police brutality, must be set aside in order to achieve justice. "NCIS" characters quietly close the door with a wink to allow a torturer to get the answers they must have to save the day. Then life imitates art and we go forth to remedy our personal outrages with the casual death of whoever dares to cut us off in traffic. We glance down at our clothes and up at our electronic gadgetry and pretend to our selves that we have come a long way, but we are really very little evolved from our ancestors of a few thousand years ago who lived in caves and brutalized each other for everything from meat to mates.