Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Erica L. Ayala

This is a piece I wrote last year for the MLK Oratorical Contest at New York University last year.  I work to remind people of these words, everyday, not just in January.  

In 1955, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took a stand that greatly impacted his career trajectory, and his legacy.  The young Dr. King became the leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a yearlong economic protest of the public transit system.  During this time, Dr. King spoke about the importance of the boycott.  He addressed a crowd of 5,000 at Holt Street Baptist Church and stated,

“There comes a time, my friends, when people are tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation, where they experience the bleakness of nagging despair.  There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill…

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