Martin Luther King

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Kristen Mathieu
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Be the Change You Want to See

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” (Barack Obama) Both Martin Luther King and Trevor figured this out. They never waited for change to come their way, they changed things themselves. A lot of people who take drugs fail to recognize how much their actions affect the people around them. No matter how small you think your actions seem, you made a huge difference in that other person’s life.

Doctor Martin Luther King Junior became well known for being a civil rights activist. He led many protests including the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Martin Luther King acquires the qualities a person needs to be a great role model. King quickly became a national icon in the history of modern American history.  When King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech he received the Nobel Peace Prize. There, he also established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. King became so influenced by Gandhi he made a trip to Gandhi’s birthplace. In a radio address made during his final evening in India, King reflected, "Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity." Martin Luther King Junior campaigned against segregation between blacks and whites peacefully. He wanted equal right for all people. For example, he asked black people to ride in the front of the bus. Because of Martin Luther King Junior, many laws began to change in the United States.

In Pay It Forward, Trevor’s seventh grade teacher, Mister Simonet, assigns an extra credit project to the students. The project required the students to think of an out of the box way to change the world and then put it into action. Trevor’s project became a charitable plan...
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