Five Ways to Remember Martin Luther King Jr.

Five Ways to Remember Martin Luther King Jr.

As many people are aware of, here in the United States of America, we celebrate the famous figure Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday of January(Annually). Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, so we did it as a way to celebrate this day "around" his birthday, and to ensure a national holiday follows a weekend.

So, how do you remember Martin Luther King Jr.? Here are five ways to remember him, and his efforts for social justice.

1. His "I Have a Dream" Speech.

On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave arguably the most powerful, and well spoken public speech in the history of the United States. The intent of this speech was for everyone to come together, and unite as a whole. The most famous line in his speech is the one that reads "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."

2. His "Letter from Birmingham Jail" open letter.

On April 16th, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an open letter from his jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama. For some reason, this letter seems to fly right under the radar when we discuss this day. This is his brutally honest, and well-written letter of the real reason why he was arrested.

"Letter From Birmingham Jail"

3. His lack of civil disobedience.

This may be a little controversial, but I'm under the belief that Martin Luther King Jr. preferred peaceful protests, and to unite(Unlike the disastrous "Black Lives Matter" movement, which Dr. King himself would be embarrassed of). Many figures, such as Malcom X, were disgusted by how Martin Luther King Jr. handled oppression, and preferred a more violent approach.

4. His assassination.

This is obviously what everyone talks about on this day, even more than his "I Have a Dream" speech. On April Fourth, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on the balcony of Lorraine Motel. It is widely believed James Earl Ray was guilty of killing Dr King, but there are also several theories, and opposing views which beg to differ.

Five Ways to Remember Martin Luther King Jr.

5. His Legacy

Dr. King died nearly 50 years ago-However, do the effects of his life still last until today? What did Dr. King stand for and accomplish in his lifetime, and in what ways might his efforts still be at work among our society? These are questions which may be difficult to answer.

One could argue since we argued Barack Obama, our first "black" president(Even though he's not truly African-American), Martin Luther King Jr. made great strives, and his legacy lived on. However, this doesn't necessarily prove he had an affect, and nor does it prove we are that much better off than the 1960's. Race relations are definitely better than than 1960's(and before)-That is without a doubt, but I am in serious doubt that race relations are better than they were in the 2000's. In the 00's, I remember Generation X'ers, and Baby Boomers telling us we were in the best shape of race relations they had ever seen.

But that has changed since the 2010's began, and we are heading right back in that direction 50 years ago. Not another day goes by without another racially feuded riot, or another blatantly racially divided election.

Five Ways to Remember Martin Luther King Jr.
Five Ways to Remember Martin Luther King Jr.
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  • TadCurious
    You caption #3 as King's LACK (my emphasis) of civil disobedience. King embraced peaceful, civil disobedience. He was the peaceful voice in counterpoint to Malcolm's "by any means necessary." To say that Kind lacked civil disobedience is just historically inaccurate.
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  • RainbowFanGirl
    He was a legend 💕
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    Is this still revelant?
    • And to the guy who said he invented peanut butter clearly doesn't know his history. :)

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  • AleDeEurope
    What a great man. I bet he's rolling in his grave with the BLM movement. They could have used this man as a role model, but they decided to go with racists and murderers... what a shame.

    This man is a true fighter for civil rights. He's an example for many, but apparently everyone forgets about him during the other 364 days.
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    • a simple question. why do you characterize the actions of the relative minority as all? BLM is not racist murderers. Yes there are some who are racist who have resorted to violence but to characterize black lives matters as racist and murderers would be like me saying white people are racist murderers, or hispanic people are gang members... seems very inaccurate to characterize a large body by the actions of the few

    • @madhatters4 I'm talking about the group, I'm not talking about black people, so saying white people are racists murderers isn't comparable, cause you're referring to white people (race), when I'm referring to a BLM (an organization).
      And yes, there's members of that group that are peaceful, but that doesn't change the fact they're still racist thugs. There were plenty of Nazis that didn't want violence, and yet look at the image we have of Nazism.
      It's the actions of a group what gives them a reputation, and so far BLM has only caused more hate, more racism, death, destruction...

    • but the group isn't racist. the group isn't violent. individuals within the group are. but the vast majority aren't... as an organization you can't say BLM is racist or violent. similarly you can't say white nationalist as a group are violent. or white people are racist and violent. or black people are racist and violent.

      labeling a group as something is almost always wrong when you are basing it on the actions of a few. the vast majority of BLM supporters have never lifted a violent hand in the name of their cause. you surely know that. otherwise the violence associated with black lives matters would be far more rampant and pervasive

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  • madhatters4
    great post. it seems that with all the turmoil in our country right now. questions of civil rights (BLMs, immigrant deportation, Muslim registries, etc) this MLK should hold greater significance and hopefully will lead people towards greater reflection about the importance of peace and love
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    • but i don't think you can say MLK would be embarrassed by BLM. he may disagree with the tact of a very small % of the BLM supporters who advocate violence but i don't think he'd disagree with their core belief that people should be treated equally.

  • 1truekhaleesi
    I love waking up in the morning when people quote MLK jr and call him a legend then criticize BLM and Planned Parenthood. Fun fact: MLK jr was a huge supporter of Planned Parenthood and the criticism BLM receives was similar to MLKs movement from the sixties.
  • helloitsmethere
    Who told YOU he would be embarrassed of BLM? You do realize BLM are fighting for the same rights as he did, right?
    Just because a few persons out of the group did something wrong, DOES NOT MEAN the whole movement is involved. Also, for the 500th time, we don't want ANYTHING to do with the crazy people who took it out of control.
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  • rjroy3
    He would be ashamed of race relations in America today. He was great for his time and was a catalyst for change, but we need to stop pretending as if he single-handedly vanquished racism or something. He was representative of an ideal, which the majority of us share. But as a society we've been accepting of racism by minorities. That along with race baiters and politicians who use identity politics to hammer other people down... he would be ashamed.
  • KiaTate
    Don't use Dr. King as your imaginary yes man. He fought for the same thing that BLM is fighting for now.
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    • Preach

    • but he never advocated violence, never condoned violence... ideologically perhaps king and BLM were similar but in their methods they are entirely different

    • omgjassy

      @madhatters4 they are so totally not different from each other, were you alive at the time from Martin Luther King? No you weren't.

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  • Kuraj
    "but I'm under the belief that Martin Luther King Jr. preferred peaceful protests,"
    Except the part where he rather openly supported riots as something the "white man" deserves for not "hearing out the Negroes".

    He could have had the right idea, but he wasn't nowhere near as "civil" as media like to portray him with cherry picked quotes.
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  • TheFlak38
    Another false idol of the gullible and dumbed down masses. This man was lionised as some sort of civil rights icon, when the truth is that he was controlled and used for Communist ideological purposes against the white majority in America. The truth will never be shown to the masses because they don't want to shatter the illusion of the man that they created in a false image.
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  • Words_and_Wisdom
    You forgot the part where the assassination was a US Government plot that was fully admitted by the FBI.
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  • Lucifer_666
    There was probably a conspiracy to kill him. I find it funny how they want us to believe that all these prominent figures were killed by lone gunmen
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  • gobsmacked3
    'We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.'

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Pertinent in this Age of so many promoting separatism
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  • John_Doesnt
    Is that the guy who invented peanut butter?
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  • Anonymous
    If you want to cherish a legend. Don't talk for him, who says he would be embarrassed. Stop using him for your propaganda. Not the whole group blm is bad. Just like not all whites are in the kkk. He would be embarrassed that you use him as a propaganda because you rather talk about the bad in blm then the good people in that group, so that one day is still not here. And a whitie killed him so.
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    • Anonymous

      And then I see you writing in the comments that black people do more crime, more in jail and use more drugs. Smh that is what Martin Luther King would be ashamed of narrow minded whites like you. How can they do more if white peope make up 77% in the USA. That's impossible if black peope did more considering whites are more then half of the citizens there. Get out of here

  • Anonymous
    He would be ashamed at how far the black community has slid since his death thanks to the liberals and democrats.
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    • And thanks to cocaine and crack

    • Anonymous

      @BigBallerSodaPop when you look at black men in the 50's and 60's who worked hard and raised families despite all the racism compared to today's millennial welfare babies I'm ashamed.

    • I hate welfare.

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