Happy Birthday Dr. King:

martin_luther_king_pointing_finger Tuesday is an important day in our countries future. On Tuesday, January 20th  2008 Barack Obama becomes President in a country where less than 50 years ago it would have been hard for him to vote in many parts of this country because he is an  African American. Historical to say the least.

Today is an important anniversary in our countries past and yes future. Today is Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  He would be 80 years old if he had not been gunned down at the  young age of 39. That is right he changed the world he lived in for the better before he was forty.   A man who started a movement that insured that Barack Obama and millions like him would be guaranteed their right to vote , and all of the other civil rights that we Americans are promised in the United States Constitution.

Some of my older classes have been looking at Mahatma Gandhi this week. Gandhi led a peaceful protest against the racism and discrimination of Indians in their own nation by the English. He used non-violent protest like King to change laws and gain freedom.  Indeed he did it first. King learned from Gandhi about the principles of non-violence and love as weapons to fight injustice and racism.  King learned that violence would not change things, he saw that peaceful protest was the only way to really change things. And things have changed. I was very young when King was murdered, I remember. I am old enough to see the changes  in our world.  I owe as does Barack Obama a debt of thanks to King and the thousands of people who fought  peacefully for  equality for all people.

One thing that Gandhi said that really applies to King ” Be the change you want to see in the World” King was the change he wanted to see. He gave up his life, working for  years to make this world better for all. King was the change he wanted to see in the world, was an example of love and peace.

Yes Tuesday is an important day, celebrate it, enjoy it and remember it. After a  past that included slavery and segregation we have an African American President, but lets not forget how important today, January 15th  is as well.

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.

46 responses

  1. yousef

    Happy 80th birthday martin luther king jr. R.I.P

    January 15, 2009 at 11:59 am

  2. I think he was good man. This man made peace in our world between races. I am proud of and I will remember him for all times. Happy Birthday Dr. King

    By Manny from Mr. Knunden’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm

  3. I am happy there is a black president but I wish that Dr. King had become president. But at that in 1968 our country was too racist for that. He changed things and he did not use violence. He was representing Mahatma Gandhi and non-violence. We should not forget him today or Tuesday. Happy Birthday Dr. King

    January 15, 2009 at 12:40 pm

  4. Happy Birthday Dr. King. If he were here I would tell him I think he is a wonderful speaker. I would tell him about Barack Obama and that their is going to be a black President. I think that would make him happy. Like his dream came true.

    By Josh in Mr. Knudsen’s class.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm

  5. happy birthday Dr. King. I think he should have been president. I wish had not been shot and lived and had a good life. I think he would be a very happy man on Tuesday when Barack Obama becomes president .
    Happy Birthday Martin!

    by Howard from Mr.Knudsen.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm

  6. Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King. I wish you were alive to see your dream and so that I could tell you thanks for what you did for all people.
    Happy Birthday

    by Walik From Ms. Schron

    January 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm

  7. I am happy that Barack Obama is president I think that we have a black president it proves that things get better. and they go better because of people like Dr. King.
    Happy birthday and thank you

    Enyjah

    January 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm

  8. Happy Birthday Marin luther King. I would love if you were still here. I think you would be happy this Tuesday when Obama becomes president.
    Happy Birthday,

    Keemont R. Ms. Shron’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm

  9. If I was born when you were young I would know what it was really like to live with racism . I live in a world now in 2009 where Black people and white people get along and have alot in common. We even have a black president. Barack Obama. We would not have a black president without you changing the world. You changed through love.

    Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr. I will never forget you

    by Kasim
    In Ms. Schron’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm

  10. What I would say to Martin Luther King if he were here Happy Birthday and I am so glad you did what you did it changed the world. Black people and white people are coming together and being friends.
    I am glad that your mother and father taught you the right way to be.
    Happy Birthday From Stephon in
    Ms.Ms. Schron’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm

  11. Happy Birthday if you were here right now I would give you a big hug. I am thankful for what you did for us. You help solve the problem of racism. I think that is important.

    Happy Birthday From
    Shaquell in Ms. Schron’s Class

    January 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

  12. Happy Birthday I hope you have a great one. You changed alot of things for Barack Obama. He would never have become President with out all the things you did.

    Happy Birthday from
    Jose S.
    In Ms. Schron’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 2:18 pm

  13. Happy Birthday and thank you for everything that you have done for this world. I hope you can see what us elect our President Barack Obama our first black president. I think he is going to be a great president.

    Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Elijah from Ms.Schron’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 2:21 pm

  14. Happy Birthday Martin Luther King. You changed our world by ending segregation. I am very happy about that. On Tuesday we have first African American President. This is your victory as much as it’s Barack Obama’s

    Happy Birthday Dr. King

    By Besim in Ms. Cunningham’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm

  15. I am glad that it is your Birthday and if you were here I would give you a president. I wish that you had become president. With your message of love and peace things would get better.

    I remember when we watched a brainpop movie that you went to jail. You suffered and black people got their rights because of you.

    Happy Birthday Dr. King
    by Dwayne in Ms. Cunninghams class

    January 15, 2009 at 3:03 pm

  16. If you were here I would tell you thank you for stopping segregation which Ms. B was just another name for slavery. I want you to know your dream came true. Black and white people get along much better. Black people get to vote and we even elected a black president.

    Happy Birthday from Nicholas in Ms. Cunninham’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 3:06 pm

  17. Happy Birthday Martin Thank you for stopping racism in this country. There is still some racism but it is better. Wow I think you are so great. I am glad that you changed the world.

    Happy Birthday,

    James from Ms. Cunningham’s class.

    January 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm

  18. Happy Birthday Thank you for all you did. Did you know that we will have our first African American President in the United States. That is thanks to you too, you gave your life for this.

    Happy Birthday Dr. KIng

    From Zihir in Ms. Cunningham’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm

  19. Happy Birthday Martin Luther King. In your life you made people come together. Not fight with violence. You solved problems by talking. You gave great speeches.
    We are getting a new President. The First black president. I think this would make you happy.
    Thank you.

    Happy Birthday

    Isaiah in Cunninghams class

    January 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

  20. You gave nice speech for the people. Martin luther king lived when white people did not treat black people right. You changed this.

    Happy Birthday Dr. King

    by Javon in Ms. Cunninghams class

    January 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

  21. Dear Marin,

    There is a lot of changes happening in the world now. Thank you for getting rid of racism at least most it in our country.I knew you had hard times in your years but, you should what is happening now. We have an African American President. We have you to thank for this.

    Happy Birthday from Robert W.C. in Ms. Cunningham’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

  22. I wish you were alive and so you could see what is going to happen on Tuesday when Barack Obama becomes President. I am thankful for you and thank for changing the world.

    Happy Birthday,

    from Brandon C. in Cunningham’s class

    January 15, 2009 at 3:20 pm

  23. Dayshawn

    MLK help the African American people to go to the same place as the white people.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:43 am

  24. Andrew

    MLK was very nice because he help people to get together.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:44 am

  25. Alex

    Happy Birthday Dr. King I wish that you were here to see come true the things you gave up your life for. I am so happy that you really ended slavery ( Segregation ) so that I can be with my friends who are white and other races. And my teachers who some are white.
    I really wanted you to see our nation get a black president. So many people around the world are really happy that we have a black president and thankful that you gave your life up so that this can happen.

    Happy Birthday and Thank you!

    January 16, 2009 at 11:46 am

  26. Annor

    Dear Martin Luther King

    I wish you were alive so that you could see that we have our first black president. If you had not gotten the races to work together we would never have a black president. YOu did this.
    Thank You,

    January 16, 2009 at 11:49 am

  27. Sincere

    Martin Luther I think you were a great man. I wish that you were alive, you would be happy to see that white people and black are together now. We even now have a new president in the U.S. a black president who is innaugarated into on Tuesday.
    Thank you and Happy Birtday

    January 16, 2009 at 11:54 am

  28. elyjia

    Dear Dr Martin luther king I wish you was still alive so you can see what you wanted to see before you died. You would be proud if you could see all the changes in the world.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:54 am

  29. Vincent

    I love what you did with the world Dr. King and I wish you were alive to see the black president we have elected. Thank you for helping to stop racism in our World today.

    Happy Birthday and Thank you

    January 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

  30. Charles

    Dear Martin Luther King,
    Happy Birthday, I bet you will be proud to see that their is a black president in the White house.
    I wish that you were alive to see this day come true. Without you there would be less love in the World, and more hate.

    Thank you for helping us to learn to live together.

    Happy Birthday

    January 16, 2009 at 11:59 am

  31. daniel robinson

    Dear.DR.King I am glad you ended segregation with out you we would not have a black president .

    January 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm

  32. Keson

    Thanks Martin Luther King for making racism and segregation over.I wish you were alive to see the new president. Happy birthday and thank you

    January 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm

  33. joe

    if Dr. king was alive i would say you have changed the world. now black people and white people can go to the same school. now the first black president has been elected. his name is barrack obama. happ

    January 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm

  34. PRINCE

    DEAR.DR.KING HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN 80 YEARS OLD. YOU WOULD BE HAPPY THAT YOU CHANGED THE WORLD. WE NOW HAVE A PRESIDENT AND HE IS BLACK

    January 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm

  35. Tyheem

    Happy Birthday Dr.King
    You were great black man that really made a difference in our world you were trying to make black and white people get along. Now they get along just fine, though there is still some racism. Things are better because of you

    January 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm

  36. Shawna

    Happy Birthday Martin luther king you were the best. You changed people in our world and they are less racist because of you and think they are happy to get along. There is no segregation people can go where they want
    Thank you

    January 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm

  37. Angel

    Happy Birthday Martin Luther King if you did not end segregation I would not have my good friend Tyheem. He is African America and we would have to go to different schools. We would never have met, and black and white people would have kept fighing.
    Thank you for this better life you gave to everyone

    January 16, 2009 at 12:39 pm

  38. Hassan

    Happy Birthday Martin Luther King. YOu are my favorite guy. Barack is going to be our president and he is an African American. This would never have happened with you.

    Thank You

    January 16, 2009 at 12:41 pm

  39. Jacob

    I think you would have made a good president. I think your speeches are really good. They talk about how people should get along and that segregation is wrong. Barack Obama is going to be in the white house. The first black president. That is amazing. You help this happen. Happy Birthday Martin and Congratulations to Barack obama

    January 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm

  40. Essence

    Dr. King I think you should have been president. Because you are a great man. I think it was terrible that you were killed so young. You changed everyones life, I a black girl would not be able to go to certain schools with white people. The boycott you fought with ended segregation and now we are no longer at the back of the bus or separate, we are now equal. Thank you

    Happy Birthday Martin Luther King jr.

    January 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm

  41. Shaqualia

    Your dream came true. I have proof, on Tuesday a black man Obama becomes president. Now white and black people go to the same schools because you did a great job. Things changed because of you, it sad you had to die to do this. Thank you

    Happy Birthday

    January 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm

  42. Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr. I look at how things were when you were alive. There was a lot of fighting and racism in our country. How did you change this? Now everyone is friends we are even going to have a black President. I think you would be happy to see this.

    by Kaivon

    January 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

  43. Happy Birthday Martin luther king Jr.

    How did you change the world. I find it hard to believe that you were able to get people to get along.
    I think you would be Happy that we have a new black president and his name is Obama. I think you would be surprised that every thing is now going fine. YOu did the right thing because if it were not for you the problems would still be going on. Thank you
    Dr. King

    By Dashay

    January 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

  44. Mark

    Why do decide to stop racism, That would be my question to Martin Luther King jr.
    I think you decided to stop racism because it was bad. Lincoln stopped slavery, When he saw slavery he felt sad and knew it was wrong and when he grew he wanted slavery to end.
    Then slavery ended and the problem was segregation. Segregation was alot like slavery and it need to end. African-Americans needed to get their rights. King worked to end racism. He ended a lot of racism. Now we have Barack Obama our first black president. This is a good birthday present to King. Happy Birthday Dr. KIng and good luck to Barack Obams

    January 20, 2009 at 10:11 am

  45. Charles C.

    I think that it is important that Barack Obama is the president. He is going to be in the White house and he is the first black president we have every had. King gave great speeches and he changed things for everyone.
    Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King jr. and Good luck to Barack Obama

    January 20, 2009 at 10:14 am

  46. Rashawn

    Hey Martin Luther King I hope you are doing good. Happy Birthday. Today is the first day that a black president will come in and I hope you are happy for everything you changed in the world. Thank you for everything you did, your life was very hard but everything changed the way you wanted it to change. You saw your dream, you lived your dream, and everything you dreamed came to life. Happy Birthday. Today is the best day for our world we can ever have. Barack Obama is the new president today. Good luck to Barack and have a great speech I cannot wait to hear it.

    January 20, 2009 at 10:18 am

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