Commemorating MLK


On Monday, January 21st, it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and BPHS Renaissance is commemorating him. At Baldwin Park High School, Renaissance students are making posters and spreading the word on MLK’s philosophy.

King was a minister and civil rights activist. He is still one of the most recognized leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. A memorable event MLK partook in was the March on Washington in 1963. This march was organized by MLK with local civil and religious groups. An August 28, 1963 over 200,000 participants showed up to peacefully rally against the injustices Afican-Americans faced across the country. 

The March on Washington ended with King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream.” This speech captivated many as it highlighted a call for peace and equality. King’s speech was delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial as he shared Lincoln’s message that “all men are created equal.” With this speech, MLK’s reputation skyrocketed and he was soon named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year for 1963. The following year, Martin Luther King Jr.,  became, up to that time, the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Martin Luther King Jr.’s role in the Civil Rights Movement began in 1955 but came to an end in 1968 when he was assassinated. MLK was shot on April 4th at a motel in Memphis where he had traveled to support a sanitation workers’ strike. After his murder, there were riots in major cities across the U.S. and President Johnson announced a national day of mourning. 

Even after his death, the U.S. still celebrates his achievements. At BPHS, Renaissance decided to make posters reflecting MLK’s message. These posters are used not only to commemorate MLK’s life but to inspire change. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


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