Jan 17, 2007

We Shall Overcome

Martin Luther King, Jr. and The March on Washington by Frances E. Ruffin.... is about the sin of pridefullness. White people weren't letting black people sit with them on buses or trains. They weren't letting them go in stores or restaurants. They weren't letting black children sit with white children in schools. They weren't letting black people get jobs or go to hotels. There were protest marches in southern towns and cities. Some white people marched with the black people. By marching, people were saying, "This is wrong!" People sang songs like, "We Shall Overcome."

The March on Washington was large. More than 250,000 people came to Washington, D. C. to say, "This has got to stop!" Dr. King gave a speech. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a preacher and he knew what it was like to be a black person. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been put in jail many times. Some white people had threatened him and wanted him dead. Dr. King wanted a better world where black people could go on buses with white people, where black people and white people could play, hang out, and do jobs together. Actually, he cared about every person...no matter what color they were. He wanted them to have freedom and friends. I think Martin Luther King, Jr. sent a beautiful message into the world. The message told everyone not to worry about skin color.