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'Dear Dr. King' by Lucas Gillen, GMS, second place

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dear Dr. King,

I am very grateful that you managed to make the equal rights to make the world a better place. You have suffered so much I could never thank you more!

I fear today that racism is still a major problem today. Hate groups like the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) are against blacks. They used to hang, beat or do many other hurtful things to people that are just a different skin color. There is also the White Supremacy group who are against Jews, Catholics, Hebrew, blacks, and many other races.

I hope that one day all of these groups will be abolished. Your speech "I Have a Dream" really changed many people. Many blacks were beaten during your marches against segregation. When you gave our speech, it attracted approximately 250,000 people to watch your change in history.

I have a friend who is Hispanic. He is actually a good kid. I would not care if he were Chinese, albino, Mexican, Asian, or Indian. All that matters to me is that if he has a good heart. He is my friend.

If I had an opportunity to ask you one question, it would be: What triggered racism in the first place? I often wonder about this question. I may be a preacher some day. You would serve as an inspiration to me on the heart you had to stop segregation. You have sacrificed much, and I am sorry you had to go through that. I think you had a heart like a bull and kept fighting for what was right in this world full of hatred.

I do not know how long it will take the world to get rid of all the hatred that persists in the world. "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." (Martin Luther King Jr.)

Sincerely,

Lucas Gillen