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Life’s persistent and urgent question is,
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“What are you doing for others?”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From the time he was a young boy, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s greatest desire was to help others.
He grew up in an era when African Americans were often denied basic rights that many people take for granted— such as the right to vote, the right to eat dinner at a nice restaurant, and even the right to choose a seat on a bus.
King first experienced racism as a very young child, when his best friend, who was white, told him that they could no longer play together.
His friend’s father did not approve of his son having a black friend.
The idea that skin color could be used as a reason to destroy the bonds of friendship was astonishing and heartbreaking to the young Martin Luther King, Jr.
It was, perhaps, at that very moment that the seeds of desire to help his own race were planted in King’s heart.
However, the cost of selflessness was high.
During the years that he devoted nearly all his time and energy to the cause of civil rights, King was repeatedly yelled at, spit on, threatened, and thrown in jail.
Once, his home was even bombed.
Still, King never failed to believe two things: change for the better was always possible, and the only way to achieve that change was through peaceful protest, not through violence.
This is the story of the man who led a movement that changed not only the lives of many Americans, but also the hearts and minds of people around the world; a man who remembered his past and dreamed of the future when he said,
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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
In the summer of 1928, in a small crossroads town in southern Georgia, a young black man named Joshua stopped for gas.
He was on his way to visit friends in Florida during his vacation, and it had been a long drive from his home in New York.
He stepped out of his car to stretch as he waited for an attendant to come out and pump the gas.
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