Everywhere in Martin's hometown, he saw the signs, WHITE ONLY. His mother said these signs were in all Southern cities and towns in the United States. Every time Martin read the words, he felt bad until he remembered what his mother told him: "You are as good as anyone."
He studied the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He learned how the Indian nation won freedom without ever firing a gun. Martin said, "love," when other said, "hate."
"Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that."
They were jailed and beaten and murdered. But they kept on marching. Some black Americans wanted to fight back with their fists. Martin convinced them not to, by reminding them of the power of love.
"Love is the key to the problems of the world."
Martin went wherever people needed help. In April 1968 he went to Memphis, Tennessee. He went to help garbage collectors who were on strike. He walked with them and talked with them and sang with them and prayed with them.
On his second day there, he was shot.
His big words are alive for us today.
Rappaport, D. (2001). Martin's big words: The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. New York: Hyperion Books for Children