The Greatest Man

The Greatest Man

Nikki Nicholson


“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” These famous words arose from the famous Martin Luther King Jr.

Decades later, students still discuss King and the stance he took against the world’s injustices. This man rose above all else and made a stand for what he believed in, that all races deserve equality.  

King’s beliefs led to one of America’s greatest movements, the Civil Rights movement. King and hundreds of others in this movement stood up for the African American race, as they believed everyone deserved equal and fair treatment regardless of skin color. King’s followers believed that in order to achieve a great country, equality must happen. King’s March on Washington, “…was a massive protest march that occurred in August 1963, when some 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Also known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the event aimed to draw attention to continuing challenges and inequalities faced by African Americans…” ( He also delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which students continue to talk about fifty-six years later, this speech inspired millions of people to join together and work to end segregation.

King became such a popular political figure that on the third Monday of January, everything pertaining to government takes the day off and celebrates the day that represents King and his greatest accomplishments.

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.