St Peter’s Review – Autumn 2013 Edition – Page 8www.stpeters-streatham.org
FIFTY YEARS AGO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SAID
“I HAVE A DREAM”
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister, a social activist, and the leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America from the mid-1950s until his death in 1968. For tens of millions of African Americans he was the leader of their crusade for racial equality. His was the educated voice needed to end discrimination and humiliation, and bring black Americans human dignity.
Martin Luther King’s dream was for racial equalityIn the spring of 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. led a nonviolent demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama. Thousands of African American families, marching peacefully, were met with violence when police set dogs on them; turned fire hoses on the children, and kicked young black men to the ground. By the end of the march, Martin Luther King and many of his supporters were in jail. After Birmingham, Dr King and his supporters organised a bigger, but still peaceful, demonstration. On August 28, 1963, the historic March on Washington drew more than 200,000 black and white people to the Lincoln Memorial.