My Hero!

Alijah Moultrie


Period 9

Martin Luther King Jr

Why He's My Hero

Dr. King is one of the few true American heroes. In an age where it has become fashionable to hero-bash--uncovering the nefarious backgrounds and destroying the myths of American heroes, like George Washington and John F. Kennedy--the name of Dr. King has remains unblemished, and justifiably so. Dr. King stood for what he believed, and was a man ahead of his time. In the face of adversity, he dedicated and sacrificed his life for the equality of all people. His dream, which many today still share, has continued to live on as his legacy. His adversaries took his life, but his heroic legacy will never die. Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we're free at last.

Problems My Hero Faced

While participating in a 1966 march through Mississippi, King encountered strong criticism from "Black Power" proponent Stokely Carmichael. Shortly afterward white counter-protesters in the Chicago area physically assaulted King in the Chicago area during an unsuccessful effort to transfer non-violent protest techniques to the urban North. Despite these leadership conflicts, King remained committed to the use of non-violent techniques. Early in 1968, he initiated a Poor Peoples campaign designed to confront economic problems that had not been addressed by early civil rights reforms.

Things My Hero Overcame

Using civil disobdience (non-violent protests and peace rallies), Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged the African American community to fight for civil rights without violence. MLK's persistence led to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, where he gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Shortly after, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.