Zariah Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Monday, Jan. 16 is Dr. Martin Luther King Day and LRHS students understand the event’s significance.

“Martin Luther King was a man of peace and just wanted African Americans to be treated equally because at the time we weren’t being treated equally,” senior Malik Davis said.

Martin Luther King Jr, born Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, was a Baptist minister and activist. He led the civil rights movement and played a huge role in American history.

He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, helped found the Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, and severed as the group’s first president.

Sophomore Da’kerria Brooks added, “I have a lot of respect for Martin Luther King because he did play a big part in the civil rights movement but I feel there are many other people that fought hard too that we should know more about.”

During his life, King accomplished many things. In 1963, King, with the help of other leaders of the civil rights movement, organized a huge march for equal rights in Washington, DC. Over 200,000 people of many different races attended the march.

The March was protesting against racial discrimination, racial segregation in schools and to demand minimum wage for all workers. It was the largest gathering in Washington, DC’s history and it was where King gave his most Famous speech, “I Have a Dream.”

“I feel Martin Luther King was brave for standing for what he believed in even while knowing what could happen to him he still fought,” senior Mariana Balderas said.

On April 4, 1968, King was shot to death on his hotel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, leaving behind a wife and four children.

King’s life may have ended that day but his accomplishments didn’t. In 1986, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first observed, but did not become a legal holiday until 1990.