On January 26, 2017

MLK thoughts

Dear Editor,

Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man because he helped many people in need of his help. This happened when Rosa Parks got arrested because she did not give up her seat up on the bus to a white person. What MLK did was he organized a boycott where lots of people did not ride the bus for a long time. This was to support civil rights for African Americans. He also gave a speech in Washington, D.C., right in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln! It was so important that MLK said his speech in front of Abraham Lincoln because Lincoln wanted equal rights for African Americans just like MLK. Lincoln wanted to end slavery and did. A quote that MLK said in his speech that I really liked was: “I have a dream that one day little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!”

Most importantly, Martin Luther King, Jr., didn’t just help African Americans, he helped everyone.

MLK was assassinated at the age of 39 at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968, by James Earl Gray. His dream did not die with him and his ideas lived on. Everything MLK did continues on in most places and I hope that one day everywhere in the  world will no longer have unfair laws for their people or racism.

Olivia Grasso, 4th grader at Killington Elementary School

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