..I was a 7th grader already interested in social change. My mom was a Civil Rights activist..Because of her,I had already at this time gone to a couple Civil Rights rallies,and 4 years previously had met Dr. King thanks to my mom.
In 7th grade,I was spending my weekends volunteering for the anti-war Presidential campaign of Sen. Eugene McCarthy. I was watching the news when the bulletin hit.. shocked, I went to the kitchen where my mom and grandmother were. I turned on the radio and left..too shocked to tell them..just figured the radio would let them know
I was just learning to know who King was and what he stood for when he was murdered because my Mother and her freinds would talk about him. I think I took an interest because I was hearing conflicting opinions from some of my freinds' parents (who were bigots if not racists). My family mourned the loss of Dr. King. Our nation still mourns - and suffers - the loss of Dr. King, and those like him who always seem to be assassinated.
I also respected Dr. Martin Luther King, he was a great man and he fought for civil rights and was a true leader. I can remember all those assasinations and Marvin Gaye's Song which reflected the deaths. MLK was a man of peace and he fought hard in a world of violence and hate and many people learned a lot from this leader.