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Today, the United States honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday. Dr. King was an American Baptist minister and our country’s foremost civil rights champion. He awakened the conscience of the nation against the oppressive practices known as Jim Crow. State and local laws and other regulations, discriminated against Black Americans, dictating where they could eat, ride public transportation, live and more. Their right to vote was also suppressed. Dr. King led non-violent protests which were met with violent opposition by racists.
Dr. King held the moral high ground in the conflict. He held unwaveringly to the equality of people and sought justice for the oppressed. His most famous speech, delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., ends with these words:
‘Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring — when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children — black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics — will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”’
Today, thank God for Dr. King and those who stood beside him to win equality for oppressed people.
“Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech: Full text,” Fox News, January 17, 2022, https://www.foxnews.com/us/transcript-of-martin-luther-king-jr-s-i-have-a-dream-speech
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