Yesterday the world remembered the 53rd anniversary from the death of a great historical man: Martin Luther King.

He was born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929 and died on April 4, 1968. He was of Nigerian and Irish descent, he was a Protestant pastor and a leader of the African American rights movement.

Martin Luther King’s commitment is summarized in the Letter from Birmingham Jail and Strength to love.

He was recognized as a “black-faced redeemer”, Martin Luther King in fact preached the creative optimism of love and non-violent resistance.

His name was actually Michael King like his father’s. But then his father decided to change him to Martin Luther King during the trip to the Holy Land and Europe in 1934. Martin’s maternal grandfather was a pastor of the church where he was baptized, while his paternal grandmother, who was named Delia Linsey, and the maternal one named Jennie Celeste Parks Williams also attended the same seminary; Delia was the daughter of two slaves, James Jim Long and Jane Linsey.

Martin grew up in Atlanta and at the young age of thirteen he became the youngest deputy editor of a newspaper.

At fourteen, while he was returning by bus from a race, he was forced to give his place to white people; this fact made him very sad.

At fifteen, he passed the exam to enroll in a college for black people, previously attended by his father and grandfather. In 1946 he got a summer job at the Atlanta Railway Express Company. He quit right away as his boss had called him “a nigger”(racist slur).

Martin wanted to be a lawyer or doctor, but eventually became a pastor.

Of his famous phrases that impressed us a lot there are some as it follows:

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is no deep love.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we keep quiet about the things that matter.”

“One day fear knocked on the door. Courage went to open and found no one. “

“We have learned to fly like birds, to swim like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers.”

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