In this lesson students have the opportunity to discuss how words have the power to bring about political, social, or economic change in society. By reviewing quotations from various leaders, activists, and others, students can begin to understand how ideas have an impact on the hearts and minds of people and can be a catalyst for change. Finally, students will reflect on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and determine their relevance to the political, social, and economic issues of today.
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr., delivered a speech to a massive group of civil rights marchers gathered around the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom brought together the nations most prominent civil rights leaders, along with tens of thousands of marchers, to press the United States government for equality. The culmination of this event was the influential and most memorable speech of Dr. King's career. Popularly known as the "I have a Dream" speech, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. influenced the Federal government to take more direct actions to more fully realize racial equality.
All manner of threats were made by those whose aspiration to control the National Assembly from their bedrooms, was truncated by Saraki’s resoluteness cum political mastery. The first salvo was his wife’s summon by the EFCC. After it, came Code of Conduct Tribunal trial and subsequently forgery suit. Saraki was almost served warrant of arrest before his arraignment at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The photograph of his, taken when he was docked at CCT, was celebrated, circulated and published by the media, as if it was a death sentence conviction passed on him. Not minding all the hullaballoo about his persecution cloaked as trial, shenanigans and conspiracy of political godfathers, Saraki got one of his strengths from the words of Martin Luther King, Jnr, that, “The ultimate measure of a man is not when he finds himself in a place of comfort or pleasures but where he sees himself in the midst of controversies and challenges.”