I am amazed by the amount of kids that don’t know this information. I personally didn’t care about these types of things when I was growing up either, but I still knew who he was. He changed our lives completely.
I personally think it’s a wonderful thing. It’s so utterly nice having no separation of rights between us. I know when I went to school the blacks treated me three times better than the whites did. I was accepted by them, and they were quick to defend me. Maybe because they were raised to understand what it’s like to be different. (I’m not saying all whites don’t understand that feeling, but a vast majority of them don’t.) Martin Luther’s speech touched me in many ways. I loved this part of his I Have A Dream speech the most: “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” I looked at my colored friends and smiled because I was glad they were in school with me. I am glad that they are a part of my life.
I have a black woman that I adopted as my mother when I was a teenager. She has been a saving grace for me in so many ways. She listened to me when no one else would. She encouraged me to go into management, and showed me how I was a leader. She shaped my life in so many ways. Without her, I guarantee you I would have been a complete loser and probably would have gave up on trying to be successful.
People do not realize the value of support until they don’t have any from anyone. So, today I encourage you to support someone. Look at people for who they are as an individual not by their clothes, color of their skin, or any outside appearance. It’s the heart of a person that makes a huge difference.