"Our Friend Martin"

I am a living breathing testimony of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. It is critical that we understand , the world doesn't stop to recognize and honor this man's life for no reason. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life's work shaped not only a nation, but the entire world. You are reading this blog today on a platform that was made possible because of Dr. King's dream. I hope the work done here reflects and honors the legend of Dr. King.

On this holiday, I would like to introduce to you the work of a young writer who is also a testament of Dr. King's dream. Her future has been shaped by the work of this national treasure and today she reflects on just that...

“Our Friend Martin”

by Keniya Mckinney

Do you ever sit back and appreciate how you are able to go to school with other races, have a house to go home to, or can walk or drive through any part of America you want? Well, if you do, I hope you thank Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was and still is a very important person in not only Black history but American History as well. He was a strong leader and advocate for black people during the heavily segregated and racially influenced era of America in the early 1950's.

Although black people still face problems with racism today, if it was not for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr conditions for people of color would still be much worse.

Although Martin faced numerous people who were opposed to his efforts to change the way people of the world saw each other, he never stopped striving to see change in the world.

I'm sure everyone has heard of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. If you haven't heard it, I strongly recommend you take a listen. It will make you genuinely think of the way you live and see the world. He gave a speech with such impactful words and phrases that just from that speech he became one step closer to his dream.

From his living legacy, we can empower ourselves to keep striving toward that dream of our own that we desire to reach one day. The problems you may face are just a blinding point that will distract you from your goal, but you must continue to fight for that dream no matter what. I would like to end this with my favorite MLK quote, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”





Keniya Mckinney is a 14 year old writer from Atlanta Georgia. She spends her free time writing, reading, dancing and drawing. You can find more of her work here as a contributing writer to Jovontee.com

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