Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr, a minister and activist.
Born January 15, his birthday became a national holiday. And is celebrated every third Monday in January. He fought and led the movement for civil rights and the right to vote for African-Americans. Through his and many others efforts with non-violence. Which then led to the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And the Voter Rights Act of 1965.
Later Martin Luther King, Jr. would expand his efforts. Helping to address the economic and unemployment problems not only of African-Americans. But of all races.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is known as an inspirational leader. He was also an inspirational speaker. One of his most famous speeches is his “I Have a Dream” speech. But the speech he gave after being honored the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 is just as powerful and inspiring.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up.
Read the full speech here.
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