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A report on MLK by a Virginia fourth grader

By Chloe Davis

Martin Luther King Jr. was a nice man who did good things. He was a good person for American history. He overcame many problems but I don’t know what they were, but I am sure they were bad. All the books at the library at my school said he was very good but it looked like someone took a big marker and wrote over some pages. I told Mrs. Myers in the library about this and how it made my book report really hard and she smiled and said I should just do my best. OK.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a Christian, which is good, and he said violence was bad. I also think violence is bad. He was president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. That’s where the black lines started to happen in the book.

My friend Tina is black and she likes Martin Luther King Jr. a lot. She showed me on her phone a very important and good speech he gave in Washington DC, which is our country’s capital. It was called “I Have a Dream” and he talked about many of the things he dreamed about in the speech. I wrote down one thing he said that sounded important. “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” This is very nice but I wonder why they weren’t sitting together before.

Slavery was very bad and mean. Mrs. Hansen in History class told us this and then said she couldn’t talk about it any more. I asked my dad why Mrs. Hansen said this and he asked if they were teaching us CRT and I said that a nurse came last year and showed us how to save someone who had choked on food and he laughed and said that was all I needed to know because the teachers at my school were good and not communists. Communists are bad. My dad started going to school board meetings not very long ago to make sure we did not have communist teachers. The only other time he went was back when they decided to change the name of my school from Stonewall Jackson Elementary to Ruby Bridges Elementary. My dad was real mad about that and said me and my brother would have to go to school somewhere else but then we ended up staying. I told him it was OK and that it made Tina happy and besides I didn’t even know who Stonewall Jackson was. It was the only time I saw my dad cry. That and the time that Tom Brady lost in the Super Bowl.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a great person who could speak really good and he was very smart. Tina said her dad Leonard could tell me more about him. I like Leonard. My dad said it was OK to hang out with him as long as he didn’t in doctorate me into communism or teach me America is racialist. I told him I would be careful.



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