MLK Day: Lakeview remembers an inspirational legacy

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MLK Day: Lakeview remembers an inspirational legacy

Aili Mayfield, Staff Writer

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 As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, almost everyone is looking forward to a day off school, and work. But besides the well known “I have a dream…” phrase, what is MLK day, who was Martin Luther King Jr., and why do we celebrate with a day off?

  King was a well-known civil rights leader who spoke out against violence and promoted equality in the 1950s and 1960s. King played a great role in passing the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act for African Americans. He was honored and greatly respected among everyone. Unfortunately, King was shot and killed on April 4th, 1968. His legacy, however, still lives on.

  As a reminder of his great works and accomplishments, we take the day off to reflect on King and all that he stood for and supported. MLK day is considered a federal holiday, meaning it was established by the government of our country. Schools and workplaces shut down for a day to remember and honor MLK and his accomplishments.

  On a more fun note, there are several things most people do not know about King. He honestly  didn’t come from very much, but he was extremely smart. Born in Atlanta, he excelled in school. In fact, he was so smart that he skipped two grades in high school, and started attending Boston University at only fifteen years old. Here, he earned his doctorate in systematic theology. Aside from doing many great things in his lifetime, King also went to jail about 30 times for things like “civil disobedience”, and speeding. He was even the youngest person to earn a nobel prize in 1964.

  Students at Lakeview are obviously very thrilled to have a day off and plan to cherish every second of it but also remember the meaning behind it.

  “I am probably going to sleep in, and relax all day. I think it is important to honor Martin Luther King, because he followed his dreams and taught us to fight for what is right,” said Matthew Stys, ‘21.

  Brendan Hicks,’21 also thinks that is very important to remember King. He feels that it is important to be grateful for all the rights that we have today.

  “I think it’s important to honor Martin Luther King so that we can remember to take full advantage of and fully appreciate everything we have. Whether it is big, like our ability to practice religion or talk freely, or something small like our sleep on days off work and school,” explained Hicks. .

  As the Monday holiday approaches, let us remember him and the great sacrifices he made for our country and the people.

  As King once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.”     

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