In a speech delivered in Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 1963, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.” It’s amazing that one sentence can capture everything it is that the great civil rights leader stood for. Today, we observe the birthday of a true American hero. King dedicated his whole life to fighting for civil rights. In fact, he worked so tirelessly that in 1964 King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Today, let us all pause for a moment to express our gratitude to a man who contributed so much to our society. Though his life was tragically cut short, his dream lives on in all of us. We must never forget what Dr. King said in his most famous speech, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."