CNN Student News asked viewers for their thoughts on this question: "Who embodies the vision and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today?" Here is a sampling of the responses we've received, some of which have been edited.
Mr. Cowden, Macon, Georgia
My sophomore economics class would like to nominate Marquis Harris, a teacher here at Central High School, for embodying the dreams and visions of Martin Luther King Jr. Mr. Harris is a passionate young teacher who truly cares for the welfare and the future of his students regardless of their race or ethnicity, as Dr. King envisioned.
Alana Lowman, Perryville, Missouri
Oprah Winfrey embodies the vision and dreams of MLK today. She does this because she has a heart full of love and is always willing to reach out and help others. She is such an inspiration, just like MLK.
Hayley Mueller, McLean, Virginia
My sister Carlyn is the president of Best Buddies at her school, which combines mainstream students with special education students. When she gets older she hopes to open a school for the mentally disabled. Carlyn is a very special person, and is fighting for very special people, which makes her my Martin Luther King.
Blair W., Orlando, Florida
My dad is my hero. He doesn't judge anyone or care about what people think. He is intelligent and inspires me every day to do my best. |
Lizzie Martin, Perryville, Missouri
I think my mom embodies the dream and vision of MLK. She is always willing to help others when they are in need of help, and does it without expecting anything in return. She would gladly take care of others before taking care of or thinking of herself.
Hanna from Jim Hill Middle School in Minot, North Dakota
Of all the people that I can think of who embodies the vision and dream of Martin Luther King Jr. it would have to be his wife, Coretta Scott King. I have chosen Coretta Scott King as this person because after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated she took on many of the responsibilities of carrying on with Dr. King's civil-rights works. Coretta Scott King did this by teaching her husband's philosophy of nonviolence.
Savannah from First Flight Middle School in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Martin Luther King Junior accomplished and dream, but my best friends dad did too. His name was Greg Alker. Before my best friend was born he was diagnosed with cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer five times and survived four times. To me Greg Alker accomplished a dream, he lived through cancer four times and that is a miracle for someone. He also had a once in a lifetime experience and met Lance Armstrong's doctor that cured Lance. He thought is would cure Greg but then a year later the cancer came back. He past away September 27th, 2005. Greg was a well known person on the OBX and everybody loved his personality and enthusiasm. Everybody misses him terribly but we know he is looking down on us.
Kerry at Broad Creek Middle School in Emerald Isle, North Carolina
I am a student of Mr. Koczot who you gave a shoutout to last Friday. I want to talk to you about someone that I think embodies the vision and dream of Martin Luther King Jr. today. My dad embodies the vision and dream of Martin Luther King Jr. by never having any enemies; being nice to everyone, even strangers; he had so much courage, every day he would fell like he could climb Mt. Everest up and down, without a scratch on him; he would do every thing in his way to make me and my family happy; and most importantly he never cared about what's on the outside, but what's on the inside.
Roxanne at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida
Someone I think embodies the vision of Martin Luther King Jr. is the famous author and poet, Maya Angelou. In her autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," she tells about her life during segregation and the struggles she went though. I find her very inspirational, similar in some ways to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Blair at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida
My dad is my hero. He doesn't care about what people think or judge anyone. He likes everyone. He is intelligent and inspires me every day to do my best. He doesn't give up.
Alexis at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida
Someone who reminds me of Martin Luther King, Jr. is Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. She showed everyone that women can work in politics just as well as a man. She is my hero.
Casey at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida
There aren't very many people in the world like Martin Luther King, Jr. There are still some people that have his same beliefs, that people should be treated equally. My sixth grade geography teacher, Mr. Oakes believes that people should be treated equally.
Mr. Oakes talked about racism in class. He said that he was always raised to treat people equally no matter what color they are. His speech really inspired me. I learned how horrible things were for African Americans. Mr. Oakes touched everyone in the classroom. People are the same no matter how they look. I will never forget Mr. Oakes' speech.
Ashley at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida
Someone that I think resembles Martin Luther King, Jr. isn't anyone famous, but one of my best friends. Christian M. is someone I look up to. He is a junior and has a wide variety of friends. I have seen him stand up for a kid being made fun of. He is also a great public speaker. If he chose to, he could change the world.
Alex at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida
I think Al Gore is someone who is like Martin Luther King, Jr. He is trying to get people to start thinking about how global warming is affecting our lives. He gives hundreds of speeches about how people need to stop global warming. He doesn't try to focus on one group but everyone and tries to send a message.
Wes from First Flight Middle School in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
somebody that is alive today, who I believe is like MLK is President. Bush. President. Bush is like MLK because he is attempting to create peace in a war area which has torn the country apart. In this case the problem is religion not race but two groups are fighting and President Bush is trying to control the rebels and fighters. Even though President Bush is getting a lot of bad criticism, he still continues his drive toward peace in Iraq, just like when MLK was harassed by some of the supporters who supported segregation and destroyed his house, but he held steady and continued pushing for there to be equality in race.
Summer from First Flight Middle School in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
A person in my life that has had a dream, just like Martin Luther King, was my father. He wanted his dream more than anything else in the world. Life. Greg was diagnosed with cancer for the first time in 1991. When he found out, he was determined to defeat this sickness, and he did.
The cancer had some back again in 1993, the year I was born. So I've been told, he was deathly ill, and the doctors didn't know if he would live long enough to see his newborn baby girl. Greg had a dream though, and he planned to fulfill it. His dream was to fight the cancer, and to live on as long as he could. He survived. Although Greg had lived to see his new baby, a new threat had come in. Greg had gone eleven years cancer free, and was living the dream. However, Greg had been suffering from psoriasis. To help treat his skin disease, he went to a doctor. They prescribed him daily shots to take in order to help his skin. In 2001, the cancer had come back. It was believed that those shots had been what triggered this round of cancer. The tumor was the size of a baseball, and things were looking grim. Greg had lost his hair, and became weak because of the chemo. One day, a friend had come by the house to see Greg. She gave him a book, by Lance Armstrong. Now, Greg wasn't much of a reader and didn't intend on even picking up the book. One day however, he did. He began reading through it, and had come across a doctor, by the name of Doctor Eighnhorn. He emailed this doctor, and it turned out he was in Italy. Greg asked the doctor to call him when he had the chance. An hour later, the phone rang. It was the doctor. He told Greg to come to Indianapolis for treatment, and so he did. Greg had to live. It was his dream, and to take care of his family. Once again he had brought the downfall of cancer. In
August 2004, the cancer had once again taken place inside Greg's body. Greg had contacted Doctor Eighnhorn again, and had gone through even more treatments. The cancer was silenced then. Again, in April 2004, Greg was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time. Greg had become tired, and was weak. He refused to give up though, and fulfilled his dream again. He was alive. The cancer wasn't going to let him go though. In August 2005, Greg was sick with cancer for the fifth and last time. Located in the stomach, he had contacted Doctor Eighnhorn. There was nothing he could do. Greg had already had too many chemo treatments. Even though he had put up a great fight, and had wonderful doctors taking care of him, there was no escaping it this time. Greg died on September 27, 2005. Even though he had died, he had fought hard for his dream to live, and that's something incredible that I find about my father still today.
Meredith from First Flight Middle School in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Orvil and Wilbur Wright have a lot of the same qualities as Martin Luther King Jr. They both accomplished something no one ever thought could be done. People may have laughed at the Wright brothers and believed that their plan was never going to work and it was a waste of their time but aren't you glad they kept going and succeeded? Without the Wright brother and Martin, our world as we know it today would be completely different.
Angela, a 9th grader from St. Vincent High School in Perryville, Missouri
I think President Bush embodies the vision of MLK because he wants what is best for our country which is equality for everyone and that everyone get along as did MLK.
Eli from St. Vincent High School in Perryville, Missouri
Mrs. Sutterer, our counselor, is the person that embodies the vision of MLK. She is so polite and treats everyone with the same respect. Teachers, students and anyone she meets. In her eyes everyone is created equal. No one is better than anyone else. That is why she is so well liked. She is a lady that I feel everyone should follow her example as well as MLK's.
Alicia from St. Vincent High School in Perryville, Missouri
Pope Benedict XVI embodies the vision of MLK Jr. today because he wants everyone to be a servant. He doesn't want violence in the world. He wants world peace and he wants everyone to be seen as an equal child of god as did MLK.
Zach from St. Vincent High School in Perryville, Missouri
I think Mrs. Best, our principal, is like MLK Jr. because she always tries to get everyone to work together and get along. She also knows how to talk to people in a calm way the way MLK did.
Rachel, a 12th grader at St. Vincent High School in Perryville, Missouri
A person I think embodies MLK Jr's spirit is senator Barack Obama. As a multiracial man, one of his main goals is that the people of the world should unite and work together for a common goal - the betterment of humanity. He is less concerned about a person's religion, political background, or race and more concerned about a person's living standards and basic needs as was MLK Jr.
Ashton from Broad Creek Middle School in Newport, North Carolina
The person that reminds me of Martin Luther King Jr. is Dexter Williams. He really inspires kids to go out and play basketball and tries to get kids on their feet to get into an activity so they can get a healthy body and he thinks no different between whites, Negroes, mixed. He thinks everyone is the same and should be treated the same.
Vicky from Broad Creek Middle School in Newport, North Carolina
The person that reminds me the most of Martin Luther King Jr. is my 5th grade social studies teacher Mrs. Laurie Murrel.