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Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King's Birthday!

It is Martin Luther King Jr's birthday!  I truly think that he is an amazing person, and is someone who I greatly admire.  He stood up for all the black people's rights, it was called the Civil Rights Movement.  Martin Luther King doesn't judge people by their skin color, but by their actions and the way they treat other people.   He was not a man of violence, but a man of peace.  My music teacher, Mr. B taught us a song about him. The song is Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.!.  The video was by Mrs. Yollis!  

      Here are some facts about Martin Luther King Jr.

•  Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia January, 15.

•  He had two siblings, Christine was his sister, and A.D. was his brother.

• Martin Luther King Jr. was born into a loving family of preachers.  He too thought he would be a preacher someday.

•   When he was little, Martin Luther King Jr. had a friend that was white.  The boy's dad owned a store across from Martin's home.  At age six, Martin and the boy had to stop playing together, because they had to go to different schools.  It was called segregation.    

•  On the buses, black people had to sit in the back, and white people could sit in the front.  Dr. King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  They urged black citizens not to ride the buses.

•  Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize!

•  He went to college three times so he could become a Dr.  Then he graduated, and his name changed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!

•  One of his most famous speeches was his "I Have A Dream" speech.  In the speech he asked all to judge people not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. 

•After he graduated he Married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953!

•  Many of his followers got beaten down, killed, or even sent to jail!  King himself was sent to jail many times!

•  Someone even tried to burn his house down!  When that happened, his wife and children were inside!  Luckily no one was hurt. 

•  Sadly, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th, 1968!  He was talking to his friend and then suddenly, he was shot with no warning!  He was at the Lorraine Hotel!

Here is a picture of him and luckily I found his signature!


Signature and picture by Wikipedia

What is your dream?  
 Who is your hero, what did he or she do?
Can you add any,more facts?


  1. Dear Sasha,
    There is so much to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. He is a great leader and hero. I have good dreams for our world, one of my dreams in no racism, but my biggest dream for our world, is no genocide. The definition of genocide is a killing of a large group of people just because of their race or ethnic group, without even knowing the people you are killing. My hero is Mahatma Gandhi. He was a lot like Martin Luther King Jr., but instead of black people's rights he fought for the rights of the Indian people. He freed the Indian people, and made the world a better place.
    I love you,
    Your Brother: Ethan

  2. Dear Sasha,

    Happy MLK day! What great facts you have shared!

    Did you know in 1961 Dr. Martin Luther King spoke in Woodland Hills? My parents saw him speak at the Woodland Hills Community Church. Daily News MLK

    Keep blogging!
    Your pal,
    Mrs. Levy

  3. Dear Sasha,

    What a terrific second post! I like how you mixed text and images. You even figured out how to add the html code! Well done, Sasha!

    Like your family, I really admire Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, I watched a two hour show on the History Channel about his life. They used lots of photographs and videos, and I found it quite informative. Dr. King tried to change the world, but he did it in a nonviolent way. Using boycotts and sit-in, he was able to lead people and help us reach our goals for equality for all!

    Thank you for a wonderful tribute to Martin Luther King, a great America!

    Your proud teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  4. Dear Sasha,

    What a great post. It is important to think about how Martin Luther King inspired so many people. When I think about him, I am reminded of a story that my grandfather told me. When he was drafted during World War II, he had to take a train to Georgia. When he got off the train, he saw two water fountains. About the first was a sign that said, "whites only" and above the second there was a sign that said, "colored." He was so shocked because he had never seems those signs before. He lived in New York and they did not use those discriminating signs.

    My dream for the world is for all men and women be allowed to get an education. Right now, in several countries, girls are banned from school.


    Tara (Royce's mom)

  5. Dear Sasha,

    Tara's story reminded me of one that your grandfather told me. He was also a soldier in WWII. He too was traveling by train where segregation existed. He remembers entering a compartment with all of the lights turned off. The conductor told my dad that the compartment wasn't for him, it was for black people to ride in and to enter one of the whites only cars. I haven't personally had any experiences like that, and would never want to. However, we know that the world as a whole still isn't a fair and equal place for all.

    We may not all have the drive or courage of Martin Luther King, but I believe that with small actions such as donating food or clothing to people who may not have any, we can all make the world a little bit better.

    My dream is to live in a world where hunger doesn't exist for anyone.



  6. Dear Sasha,
    Thank you for doing a post on such an important man. You have taught me many interesting facts that I never knew before.

    When I was younger, I had a lot of different dreams of what I wanted to be and it seemed to change every year. It is wonderful that Dr King's dream helped so many people. What are your dreams for the future?

    Victoria (Sarah's mom)

  7. Dear Sasha,

    Dr. King was a great man. He is one of my heros too. Can you imagine what courage if took for him to stand up & lead the Civil Rights Movement in the face of such hatred. He gave his life so that others could be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

    There are many other brave & selfless people who have dedicated their lives to create a better World for their people. In 2010, a man living in China was awarded the Nobel Peace. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his long & non-violent struggle for human rights in China. His name is Liu Xiaobo and he is currently in prison in China. He is in prison because he wrote some essays questioning the way the Chinese government rules over it's people. If you & your readers google him, you may find his story interesting.

    I love your blog and I am very proud of you. Keep posting!


  8. Dear Sasha,

    This is a wonderful post. Dr. Martin Luther King was so brave and such a great man. He is my personal hero!
    Thank you for posting about Martin Luther King day! Did you know that it is a federal holiday day since 1983?
    It took until the year 2000 for all the states to sign on to it. I'm glad they did!