Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C./ Wikimedia commons - Compiled by Egypt Today
CAIRO – 19 November 2017: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Born in the state of Georgia on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. grew up as a natural leader as he became a Baptist minister, assuming one of the very few roles from which a black man could lead in 1950’s America.
Throughout his life, King fought for civil rights, raising the awareness of the public of the importance of equality and justice. He delivered his infamous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington in 1963 which established him as one of history’s most renowned public speakers and in 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in fighting racism and discrimination through peaceful means, according to Good Reads.
In 1986, January 15, the day on which King was born, became Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday in the United States of America in remembrance of the civil rights legend who still stands today as a beacon of hope to all those who are oppressed or unfairly treated, according to the website.
Facts: ● After nine years of his assassination on April 4, 1968, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1977.
● In 2004, King was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal as an acknowledgment of his efforts in fighting for human rights.
Another quote for the road: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”