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by Mark Vialpando

GARDNER — What Martin Luther King Junior did was a remarkable feat. He had a beautiful dream and even after 40 years of his passing his dream still thrives like a plant in its perfect environment. His dream was for the people of all colors to be treated equally. For hundreds of years Americans had hurt innocent people of color, houses burned, and separate drinking fountains were the law. It was all so cruel. Martin Luther King would not tolerate it and showed the public through his powerful speeches that we all ought to be treated equally. Racism and prejudice, a judgement before an action, are still problems today. Hopefully MLK’s speeches have influenced us all and some, like the Gardner School children believe that we all deserve to be treated well. In my class, we all get along and don’t judge others by color or looks. Martin Luther King Jr. is my idol. I hope his speeches will continue to influence many children in the future. ~by 7th grade winner Kimmy Padilla

“If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” MLK. This quote means no matter how hard things get, never give up. This is one of King’s famous quotes. Martin Luther King wrote many famous quotes and speeches. My favorite is the one above because it shows that if he didn’t listen to his own words there wouldn’t be improved relations between black and white people until later. He wanted a world where his kids could go to school and get a normal education, not a black or white education, but go to a normal school without segregation. King loved his kids and he wanted a better world for them. He wanted a better childhood for his kids than the one he had. King wanted a world with peace and equal rights. Unfortunately, he would have to fight for it. MLK fought with words rather than violence. His quotes has power and meaning and are still used today. Even after his death in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was and still is a man who changed the world. ~by 6th Grade winner Sofia Crosson

In my third-grade reading class our book is Stories of Ancient Rome. Reading about Julius Caesar makes me feel happy. I thought about Martin King and how they were both heroes but different. Caesar fought in wars and MLK fought with words. Fighting with words is a peaceful way of ending cruel laws. Caesar killed lots of pirates because they did not like his poems. Martin would never have acted like that. He was a lover, not a fighter. Even though Caesar was a warrior, he is exciting to read about, but Martin Luther King was a real hero. ~by 3rd grade winner Nicolas Cotts This is Dr. King. He is a very special man because he tried to make the world a better and peaceful place. And if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be in the same class as some of my friends. I am very happy that he made the world a better place. ~by 2nd grade winner Mason Montoya

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