The United States of America celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King with an annual federal holiday in his honor. The late civil rights leader brought issues of racial injustice and racism to the forefront of mainstream political discussion. King is seen as a hero to all marginalized people in our society.
King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is memorized by school children throughout the United States. Martin Luther King is an iconic leader in the history of our country. Dr. King’s words have inspired generations of change and progress.
Those words can often be extremely rare. TMZ has reported that for the first time, hand-written draft notes from Dr. King’s “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story” are up for sale. History buffs with plenty of pocket change can buy in for around $225,000.
The book was first published in 1958. Martin Luther King was 29 at the time. The handwritten pages describe King discussing the significance of the emerging civil rights movement. King points out Rosa Parks refusal to give up her bus seat to a white woman as an integral moment.
King also writes about the Montgomery bus boycott. This was the first large-scale protest of segregation in the U.S. It was one of many major historical turning points that owes itself to the work of Dr. King.
The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King is still felt throughout the United States to this day. King’s words echo in our history and are as relevant now as they ever were. Take a moment today to remember Martin Luther King and his vision of an America where everybody has a chance.
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