Martin Luther King Jr. Died Fighting for Harmony and Equality

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On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr gave what would be his last speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. King cried out for harmony and nonviolent protest – demanding the United States make good on its promise. He believed that every person that has dealt with prejudice needed to take part in the fight against those horrid inequalities. In the closing parts of the address, he discusses the likelihood of an ill-timed death. The very next day on April 4th, he was assassinated. Martin Luther King, Jr. used his gift as a writer and speaker to uplift and change the United States of America. In a time where peaceful demonstration for equality was met with force and brutality amongst blacks, unfair treatment towards immigrants was in abundance – King proclaimed “The nation is sick”, and rightfully so. Nevertheless, MLK believed these tough times yielded an opportunity for all discriminated persons to come together as one, and peacefully demand equality. He continues on to say, “Trouble is in the land; confusion all around. That's a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” This uplifting metaphor alone gave not only I, as a reader, but all who were in attendance at Mason Temple, a feeling of great motivation – that crippling inequality can be conquered.

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