Remembering an icon's legacy

April 9, 2018

 

“My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character and I have a dream, that enough is enough; that this should be a gun-free world, period.” 


These are Yolanda Renee King’s words from the March For Our Lives protest when she honored her grandfather, Martin Luther King Jr. 


It has been 50 years since, not only our country but the whole world, lost an icon and role model. King is considered one of the best orators of history. 


I dare to say that he and Hitler are the most persuasive orators in history. 


I went to downtown El Paso in search of those who might have memories about him or his death day. 
Axel Woo, downtown business owner, says that even though he was not alive when King was advocating for equality, he was greatly inspired by him. 


Woo was about 10 years old when he first heard about him and now, feels inspired by him and his ideas. 
He still remembers the day of his death very well. I asked Woo that if he could tell King something, what would it be? 


“I am not African-American but thanks to himI can own a business and support my family in what used to be a foreign country. I would say, “Thank you.”


Retired veteran and Lydia Patterson Institute Physical Education instructor, Byron Locke says, “Thanks to him [King] I have diverse classes.” 


He is totally right. Picture or imagine if there were jobs, schools or public places that still segregated on account of race. 


In modern days it is almost impossible but without King,maybe we wouldn’t have social media or we would only have special kinds of social media dependent on race, ethnicity, beliefs, color, etc. 


“I can relate to him because we both fought for our country but in different ways. I went to war and he supported the civil rights movement,” Locke said.


Locke also mentioned that to this day it still surprises him how King made such a big without the need of arms, violence, etc. 


He is amazed how King did not mention the word ‘negro’ a lot, he wanted equality for everybody not just African-Americans.


At the end of the day it does not matter the race, ethnicity or group that you belong to because you have the same rights as the person next to you. 


You should be thankful for that and that is because of King.

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