Remember! Celebrate! Act!
A Day On, Not A Day Off!!
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther
in the Year 2001
by Mariya, age 16
Northgate High School, Grade: 11
Walnut Creek, California
The Way I Feel
There's one thing I don't understand:
It's why white people were like that?
Why they wouldn't let black people drink at some fountains?
Why they wouldn't let black people eat at some restaurants?
How would white people feel if black people treated
them like that?
The only person who made sense was Martin Luther King,
What Martin Luther King Jr.'s
Name Means to Me.
by Matthew D. W., age 10
|M stands for the Man
who had a dream.
A is for the amazing
things he did
R is for the respect
of his fellow man that he gained
T is for all the trials
and tribulations that he endured on our behalf
I is for the impact that
he has had on all of our lives
N is for the negative
face of reason that he had to face
L is for the love for
all mankind that he had
U is for the unity of
all races that he strove for
T is for his teaching
of love and not hate
H is for the hate that
his beliefs caused in many white people
E is for the everlasting
memory of his profession of love by all means
R is for the racism that
he tried to erase
K is for the Ku Klux Klan
and the evil that it has spread
I is for the influence
he has had in our lives
N is for the neglect
that this country has for the poor and disenfranchised
G is for GOD and how
He has Created each of us as individuals yet
Mrs. Greenwood's 5th Grade Class
Emerson Elementary School
by Tracy S., 13 years old
Beaumonde Heights Junior Middle School
by Charlotte S., age 12
Martin Luther King,
was a brave man .
He fought for his
freedom to do as he pleased,
so his children could grow up
being free to do as they pleased,
so that all Afro Americans were free.
This I think was very brave.
Martin Luther King Jr,
was a brave man.
He stood his ground
when the ground got
bumpy, he spent more than
half his life trying to make it so
Afro Americans are Equal .
He fought so that his children
and many other children could
be treated as an equals,
for that I thank him even though
I'm not black, my very best
friend in the whole world is Afro American
I thank him.
Ray School, Grade: 6
Ray, North Dakota
Teacher: Mrs. Murschel
I Could Hear
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written by Chisom N., Age 7 years
February 1, 2001
I could hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
saying the following words just as
he faced death:
1) Freedom Freedom let Freedom ring,
I want freedom to rain,
Let it rain let it rain.
2) My eyes seek for Freedom,
My feet walk for Freedom,
My hands work for Freedom.
3) I want Freedom,
I will get Freedom,
equality and the same Rights for
and now from his resting place
he will be singing:
Free at last
Free at last
Thank God Almighty
We are Free at last.
St. Alloysius School,
New York, New York.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Katrina S., age 9
It was wonderful
to be free
always be free to be.
meant to save us
moment he sat on that bus.
As he made
his speech, "I have a Dream."
every star shine and gleam.
4th grade Falling Branch Elementary
Andersen Elementary/Union Public Schools
Martin Luther King Jr.’s
Contribution to Society
by Kristan K., age 14
Martin Luther King Jr. contributed so
much to our society. He made a revolution in the African American
population. I would like to talk briefly about the impact that Mr. King
made on that generation of people. The words, “I have a dream...” are probably
the most famous words spoken by Dr. King. They have a great significance
to our culture. Every year, we honor Mr. King's birthday to recognize him
for his prestigious work.
Most African Americans look up to King
for his brave and heart filled work. Dr. King has inspired many to take
the next step and put forth effort in everyday conflicts. Martin Luther
King Jr. got up on the podium, time after time, and put his heart and soul
into something he believed. He fought for his people and was truly a leader.
He is truly an admiral person in U.S. history.
Shortly after the death of M.L.K., Jr.,
three young reporters (all African Americans) wrote their views of what
happened and how it affected them. I will incorporate all of their ideas
to form a general opinion of young African Americans during this time period.
I will be using quotes from the writers that show the significance of this
time period, to them.
One reporter writes, “When I was a third grader, I
called a boy whose skin was darker than mine, a “nigger,” and my principal
lit me up! He was white. He didn't believe that it was a good idea for
me to call people of my own race names like that.” This excerpt shows signs
that, deep down, the reporter feels bad about it, and at that point, got
more serious about segregation. All three reporters seemed to start off
having not much to say about it at first. By the end, they seemed to take
segregation seriously. They all reported that it would have never been
way if it weren't for Dr. King.
I hope I have given you some insight on what I have
taken in about Martin Luther King Jr. He was a fine man, with many talents.
His evolution has taken one disastrous time period and turned it into a
melting pot experience. He has changed the life of many and brought the
Americans closer together. Martin has had a snowball effect on the culture
and society on people and where they stand on these issues. His courage
and life will always be remembered and honored.
Michigan City Junior High School
Essays on Martin Luther King,
South Asheboro Middle School
| Martin Luther King was a man who
fought for Civil Rights and never worried for his life. His speech, "I
Have a Dream" is a speech no one can speak. He always had a spirit for
freedom. He is a man who never said, "I am going to finish this thing."
He never said, "I lose." He always gave spirit to his people.
"I have a dream." he said in his speech, and dream has come true today
because of him. He said, "This nation will rise up and be true." All his
dreams have come true today. He is the only man who got the Man of the
Year award time after time. He received several hundred awards. No
one will be born again like him in the coming centuries.
by Zohaib A., 8th Grade
| Martin Luther King was a man who believed
in the equality of all man no matter what the color of their skin. He also
believed that no man should belong to someone else. Martin received several
hundred awards for his speeches that he gave about what he believed in.
by: Jairo C.
Martin Luther King Picture
St. Bernadette Middle school
by Kari E.
| He was a good man. He won the Nobel Peace
prize. He married Correta Scott. His house was bombed. He was a minister.
He graduated from high school 2 years early. His most famous speech was:
"I Have a Dream." He was assassinated by James Earl Ray.
A Mighty Man
by Danielle H., age 14
Martin Luther King
was a mighty man.
He did what he could
as an equal man.
He fought and he preached
He was never in shame
He wanted all people to
be treated equal
and the same.
Booker T. Washington School, Maryland
by Jackie O., 12 years of age
Dr. King, Dr.King
How we appreciate everything.
It was hard
It was tough
We always love you
just as much
Dr. King, Dr. King
How we love thee
Montessori School of Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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