Story by Tyeoyna Anderson, Photo by Destiny White

Martin Luther King Jr. was a very important African-American leader who wanted to end racial segregation. He was an activist and the voice in the American Civil Rights Movement, which worked for equal rights for all. King Jr. has done a lot to shape our America today, he joined in the fight for civil rights where black and white citizens were truly equal. “I think MLK day is important simply because it gives everyone the opportunity to reminisce and reflect as to how we’re all able to sit here and converse, convocate, have fellowship. Without the guidance and the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr., none of this would be possible. He fought for inequality not so simply just for African Americans in a sense but for everybody you know. He talked about “we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” and he really means that in a sense that’s what he was fighting for.” Assistant principal Floyd White said. After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. In 1990, his birthday was officially designated as a legal holiday. “[I believe that MLK was made into a national holiday because] he made a difference in not only the black community but for everybody and what he talked about then is what’s happening now.” Junior Aryanna Oliva said. Martin Luther King has impacted the world in various ways. He was intelligent and he was able to lead African Americans in a nonviolent way to the advancement of civil rights. He was extremely powerful and he used his power to influence a majority of human beings. “I feel like without him we would still be going through racism,” senior Aquil Trent said, “ I mean we still are but I feel like without him it would be a lot harder so he made the world a better place.”