Mater Dei remembers MLK Jr

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Before there were streets and schools all over the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr there was a leader.

This particular leader was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a critical role in the American civil rights movement in the mid-1950s. Throughout his years he organized many protests, proposed legislation, and spoke about injustice due to discrimination occurring in the United States.

At Mater Dei High school we still honor his name by teaching his works and telling the students how he is a historical figure. An English and speech teacher, Mrs. Jameson says, “It’s important to understand what our country has gone through, and what he has gone through.” Many schools have an obligation to tell their students why he is an important figure for the impact he had in that time and how he was able to change society’s mind without violence.

Mrs. Jameson says that the speech class goes over in detail his most famous speech, I Have a Dream. This public speech was given on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Washington, D.C. He calls for an end to racism in the United States and for civil economic rights.

A freshmen who is currently taking speech class, Alena Ramirez expresses, “He is a

King giving one of his most famous speeches in Washington.

role model I can follow, since he fought for his civil rights so that they can unite. I can apply him to my life since he teaches me to fight for what I believe in and to not let anyone tell me I am wrong.” Martin Luther King Jr knew everyone should be treated equally.

Martin Luther Jr is still remembered since his death on April 4, 1968. On Monday, January 16 there is no school nor work, a day to honor his death and understand all he did for out nation.

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