By the Content of Their Character

Martin Luther King III and his daughter Yolanda Renee in 2020 (Provided by Getty Images)

Selina Tang and Mustang Staff

America honors the reverend Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17 this year. In 1963 King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in front of 250,000 people where he stated, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The first observance of King’s birthday as a national holiday was 1986, after President Ronald Reagan signed legislation creating a commission to create a legal holiday honoring King.

King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for “non-violent struggle for civil rights for the Afro-American population” (Newsweek).

King’s eldest child, Yolanda Denise, passed away in 2007. His other children, Martin III, Dexter, and Bernice continue to honor their father’s legacy today.

From 2006 (Time)