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“My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world.” – (Yolanda Renee King, March For Our Lives, 2018)
50 years after the murder of Martin Luther King, his legacy still lives on as citizens of the United States of America try to bring his dream to life and live in a more equal country.
April 4, 1968 is a day that still lives in infamy as MLK was shot by a sniper as he stood on the top of the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis.
Over the years after his death, we have seen great strides in the fight for equality. A fight that 50 years later continue through different facets and waves.
Starting with the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown, to the recent killing of Stephon Clarke the fight against racial injustice within the police department has been a major conversation in recent weeks.
Movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, Women’s March and the recent March For Our Lives across the nation are two major movements fighting for equality for their respective causes, and making major statements and creating change within the community.
One wonders what he would say as we elected the countries first black president in the history of this nation.
We are in a turning point in this country, in which with all the madness going on around us, we have to sit and think “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”
While remembering how Dr. King was taken from us as he stood stronger and more aggressive for change, take his words and think what can you can do to improve this country, and be the example of equality you want to see in the world.
In order to make change, you must first learn its history.
Re-live and listen to some of Martin Luther King’s speeches below, as well as Ebro in the Morning as they remember the words and legacy of Dr. King and his historic “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop.”