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Destiny Perez writes:

“I feel Martin Luther King Jr. is an American hero because he has made a major impact in our nations history. He made a major impact for the better by taking action to provide civil rights. He believed that people should not be treated unequally by the color of their skin and that inside their heart is what makes a person valuable. He made an effort for this country to come together regardless of their skin color and for the nation to unite due to its commitment to peace, non-violence and equality for everyone.”

Additional links she added:

Image “Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set” courtesy of Robert Meeropol.

Nominated by Roger Cunningham, who writes: “Not only did he write Billie Holiday’s classic song STRANGE FRUIT, which plays a major role in the Holiday’s death and the ravages of the War on Drugs, but he adopted the orphaned children of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg!”

New York Times obituary

Significance of “Strange Fruit.”

Read the poem.

Listen to story on NPR.