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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was world renowned for his eloquent speeches calling for freedom from racial discrimination and oppression of African American people. America and the world owes a debt to Dr. King for his struggle and sacrifices. Ironically, Dr. King’s birthday falls within the Christmas season, as Muslims have joined with Christians in the Glorification of Almighty God and in expressing love for Jesus the son of Chaste Mary, peace and blessings be upon them.

 

The speeches of Dr. King gave inspiration to an entire generation of American Muslims who were also striving for freedom, justice, and equality, and continue to be a source of inspiration to people of all nationalities and persuasions.
Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, on August 28, 1963, before a crowd of 300,000 civil rights demonstrators, became a rallying cry for all Americans. Dr. King possessed a vision of an America where every American enjoys equal rights under the law, where true justice is given to all people and where, “people are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. Dr. King declared that, “we are God’s children and we don’t have to live the way we are being forced to live.” Dr. King said that oppressed people must join hands because, “if we don’t go up together, then we will go down together”, for freedom from oppression is a basic human right enjoined by The Almighty Creator, that must be ensured to every human being.
Today, America has come a long way, yet still has a long way to go. However, the evil forces of bigotry, hatred, and injustice which Dr. King exposed are still at work. The lessons of our recent past teach us that justice and freedom have a price and that sincere faith and consistent, positive action is the key to victory. As Dr. King said, “With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”
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Martin  Luther  King,  Jr.  (January   15,  1929  –  April  4,  1968)  was  an   American  clergyman,  activist,   and  prominent  leader  in  the   African  American  civil  rights   movement.  He  is  best  known for being an iconic figure known in the advancement  of  civil  rights  in   the  United  States  and  around   the  world,  using  nonviolent   methods  following  the   teachings  of  Mahatma  Gandhi.

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