Cheyenne will honor the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr today. Politicians, churches and groups alike will march down Capitol Ave today at noon.   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was born on January 15, 1929 at his families home in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, Reverend Martin Luther King Sr, was a preacher at the time of his birth.

During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's leadership in the American Civil Rights Movement, black Americans made much progress toward racial equality in America, than had been made in the almost 350 cause.

He drew his strength from his Christian faith as well as some of the teachings from Mahatma Gandhi. Non-violent protests were huge in the 1950's and 1960's all across the south land. The purpose was to bring about legal equality for blacks and all mankind in the United States of America.

His most famous speech was "I Have A Dream" which is still heard today. Unfortunately, not everyone agreed with Dr. King. On April 4, 1968, his non-violent protests came to a violent halt. Dr. King was shot to death while standing outside of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

So today, we recognize and honor the message and sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who gave his life for racial equality, that all men would be judged according to the content of their character, and not the color of their skin.

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