Sketch n° 33: Martin Luther King portrait

Martin Luther King, Jr.  (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Martin Luther King, Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

I have a dream: that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal! “

In 1977, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was posthumously awarded to King by President Jimmy Carter. The citation read:

“Martin Luther King, Jr., was the conscience of his generation. He gazed upon the great wall of segregation and saw that the power of love could bring it down. From the pain and exhaustion of his fight to fulfill the promises of our founding fathers for our humblest citizens, he wrung his eloquent statement of his dream for America. He made our nation stronger because he made it better. His dream sustains us yet.”

 

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