Martin Luther King: Quote of the day
Todays Quote of the day comes from 1964’s Nobel peace price winner Martin Luther King. He won the renowned award for his none-violent campaign against racism. Ironically, adhering to the words in his own quote would cost Luther King his life. It is not known if his murder by a white racist was one man acting upon his own racial views or whether it was part of a bigger conspiracy after Luther King fell out of favour with the govenment over his views on the Vietnam policy.
Martin Luther Kings struggle began in 1955 when he set about persuading the US government to declare racial discrimination in the southern states as being unlawful .
Luther Kings dream was that all Americans be judged by their personal qualities and not by the colour of their skin. Although his motives were of best intentions, Luther kings speeches often stirred up contempt among his conservative counter parts. They believed black people should remain “the inferior race” .
250,000 of Martin Luther kings followers marched on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. What then followed was Luther Kings famous “I have a dream” speech. Consequently, the following year President Linden Johnson got a law passed which would ban any racial discrimination against blacks.
Luther King came up against some tough opposition and was oppressed by many in the southern states. However, as todays “Quote of the day” states, he did keep moving forward until he achieved his “vision”