Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) used the principles of nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. It is noted that Dr. King made a request to avoid mentioning his awards and honors at his funeral. Instead, he wanted it to be said that he tried to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, be right on the (Vietnam) war question and to love and serve humanity. In 1964, Dr. King received The Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination, through nonviolent means.
He married Coretta Scott and they had four children (Yolanda, Martin III., Dexter and Bernice). As we reach this moment celebrating Dr. King’s heroic sacrifice forty-three years later, we must analyze just how much we have progressed and if we are continuing to encourage others to dream even bigger dreams, thereby making those dreams come to fruition. If we have not made significant strides in those dreams shared from forty-three years ago, or even our current dreams, then we have found ourselves asleep like Rip Van Winkle. So wake up! Now make some things happen!
Happy Birthday Dr. King! Thank you for your great contributions to humanity and peace.