In honor of Martin Luther King Day, theCHIVE will not be posting regularly today. We’ll be back tomorrow though, don’t worry. For now, I’d like to share with you this gallery as a tribute to the man responsible for this morning’s few extra hours of sleep.
Martin Luther King Jr. is often hailed as the greatest hero of the African-American community, but to call him that is to miss his message almost entirely. Although Dr. King’s name will appear in history books next to the rights he helped earn for African-Americans, his greatest gift to us was the brilliant, shining example he set for all men. Dr. King’s speeches call not just for equality for black people but for love and compassion from everyone for everyone, and they do so with language more beautiful than mere words have any right to be.