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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 05, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of every January and there are a lot of reasons why a holiday was named after this guy. Here's a look into the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2017 MLK Day is January 16th.

Martin Luther King, Jr : The Early Years

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. His dad was the minister of the Ebenezer Baptist Church and his grandfather was the pastor there before that. Martin Luther King, Jr. was taught by his parents to treat everyone with respect, regardless of race. His dad firmly believed that African-Americans should have the right to vote, which they didn't have at the time.

Martin Luther King Jr. leads the March on WashingtonMartin Luther King Jr. leads the March on Washington

Martin Luther King, Jr : Finding His Voice

Martin Luther King Jr. decided to follow in his dad's footsteps when he went to college. In 1954, Martin received his PhD and became known as Dr. King. He accepted a job as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and organized non-violent protests against the mistreatment of African-Americans. Martin Luther King, Jr. was always peaceful and reminded his many followers that their fight would be victorious if there was no bloodshed.

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to participants in the Civil Rights Movement's MarchMartin Luther King Jr. waves to participants in the Civil Rights Movement's March

Martin Luther King, Jr : I Have a Dream

On August 28, 1963, 200,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. It was a peaceful protest for laws to guarantee every American equal civil rights. The march was one of the largest groups of protesters Washington had ever seen. Even more amazing was the fact that there was no violence. During this march, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. One year later, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. That same year, King was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Martin Luther King Jr. leading the marchMartin Luther King Jr. leading the march

Martin Luther King, Jr : Assassination

Dr. King traveled across America, organizing marches, speaking about world peace and supporting civil rights. In April 1968, he went to Memphis, Tennessee to support sanitation workers who were on strike. On April 3rd, Dr. King gave his last speech. The following day, as he was leaving his hotel room, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed. James Earl Ray was convicted of murdering Martin Luther King Jr., although some members of King's family believe the US government may have been involved in his death. In 1986, Martin Luther King Day officially became a federal holiday in the United States.

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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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