BJH class project gives youthful insight into current world events

(Editor’s note: These letters were submitted as part of a class project in Mrs. Robin King’s sixth grade social studies class at Brady Middle School. The project was done in tandem with Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. In the assignment, the class was asked to compile group answers to the question of how Dr. King would have reacted and addressed the events and issues following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The letters offer insightful views of the goings on around the world as seen from the eyes of the young people of our community. By Bryce Hannah, Brantley King and Cristina DeFiore Hello. My name is Christina DeFiore and I’m doing a report on Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he would think about Sept. 11, 2001. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the way we live because of his impact on racial equality. As he said before, “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.” Right now the message of that speech still holds true. Things are better for America, but there is still oppression and racial problems around the world, which brings us to the situation of Sept. 11. I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would say that the color of your skin, what nation you live in or what your religion is does not matter because we are all in this together as equal human beings. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream for America in the ’60s. If he were still here he would have a dream, but not just for Americans’for the world and it would be to fight all the oppression and racism in it. Now, if we can fight that and win, we too will be able to say, “Free at last, free at last, thank God, we’re free at last!” H Hello and good morning! I’m J.T. Owens. My group members are Quaid Price and Sammy Holland. I think if Martin Luther King Jr. were here he would say that we should not resort to violence. We should be peaceful in all ways. I also think Dr. King would say that Osama Bin Laden should quit killing innocent people. I think Dr. King would feel sorry for the Afghans because of everything that is going on in their country. I also think Dr. King would have said to stop fighting and reason with them. If we keep following him everybody will stop fighting and get along. He would also say that we should make world peace. He would say that we need to pray for innocent people. Also, he would give another speech to the world to stop fighting and be peaceful. If Martin was still here he would try to help all the homeless people in Afghanistan, as well as peace from terrorists and pray for the innocent people that died in the accident on Sept. 11, 2001. In memory of those people who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. H Hello. Our names are Casandra Hernandez, Martin Hernandez and I am Lauren Rozelle. If Martin Luther King, Jr. were still with us today, he would have had a lot to say on Sept. 11, 2001. Reverend King would have said we need to stick together as one. We Americans can accomplish anything. We have succeeded as not being races and all becoming free. This would be his second dream, to have peace through the world. Some people just have been led in the wrong direction and we need to tell them that fighting is not the answer. So come with me, my fellow Americans, and help us be great, like we really are. H Hi, I’m Symphanie Cole and I’m Tanner Matschek. We are going to tell you about how we think that Martin Luther King, Jr. would have handled the situation by saying that, “no matter what, we all need to work together like brothers and sisters and not have very many conflicts. No matter what color or size you are, we all must act like one big family in one way.” Some of us may know that Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed on April 4, 1968 and that his wife, Coretta Scott King and his children are still alive today. Martin would have probably wanted a non-violent conviction. He also would have tried to visit with the president and offer his help in order to help bring a peaceful end to war. We would like to end our presentation with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last words, “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I’m free at last.” H Hi. My name is Chase Epley and the partners in my group are Stephanie Luna and Edwardo Gonzalez. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man who was against racism. He did boycotts, marches and his house was even bombed. He was arrested many times, but he still didn’t stop. He was a one-of-a-kind man in this nation. But on April 4, 1968, he stepped out on the balcony of his hotel and was shot. If that hadn’t happened, he probably would have handled Sept. 11 like he handled racism. Sept. 11 has started racism back up and almost done away with his dream because every time we look at someone Islamic, we make remarks bout them. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have done marches and speeches. He would have done telethons and raised money for charities. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a caring and respectable man who cared about black people and even white people. He loved everyone. H My name is Paige Rogue and my name is Courtney Kastner. Our other group member is Jason Beard. We don’t think that Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. would have liked how we have handled the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He said, “We should fight hate with love and violence with non-violence.” when his house was bombed in 1963, and when Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving her seat to a white person, Dr. King lived his life trying to get the black and white races to get along in the south. The four famous words, “I have a dream'” will hopefully help us realize that even though Osama Bin Laden bombed the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, this doesn’t mean that we should fight evil with evil and get back at Bin Laden while hurting Afghanistan, innocent people and Pakistan in the process of flushing him out of hiding. Dr. King would have probably said, “Don’t fight back. We will try reasoning with the Taliban, trying to get them to hand Bin Laden over to us.” He might have also said his famous speech but changed it so that it would work with the terrorist attacks. The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are almost exactly like the trouble between the blacks and whites. The blacks are the U.S.A. and the whites are the Taliban. The whites (Taliban) are purposely trying to kill the blacks (the U.S.A.) We have re-written parts of the “I have a dream” speech to fit the Sept. 11 tragedy. “But there is something that we must say to our people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for peace by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. We must not be led to distrust all Muslims, for many of our Muslim brothers and sisters have as many problems as we do. “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, we still have a dream. It is a dream of Muslins and Americans to get along.” What do you think that Martin Luther King, Jr. would have done’

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