It is a federal holiday in America today — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which celebrates the birthday of the man who was invaluable to the advancements of the Civil Rights Movement in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Perhaps his greatest legacy was his ability to inspire so many, as well as his work that led to the ratification of laws that protected and prevented discrimination on the basis of race, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
I remember learning about MLK in school as a young girl; I was in awe of his intelligence, dedication, and complete disavowal of violence even in the face of his greatest tormentors. I took it upon myself to learn by heart his most famous speech, I Have A Dream. I taped my handwritten quote from his speech to the door of my bedroom — indicating my allegiance to his work and his vision. I was 10 years old.
MLK made his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the 28th of August in 1963 during the March on Washington. He spoke to an audience of 250,000 protestors and countless more via radio and television broadcasts; his words gave hope to all those who supported the movement, irregardless of their skin colour.