Time Magazine’s Person of the Year – Two Juniors

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Time Magazine has nominated George Dubbya Bush as the 2004 Person of the Year. In their words he is “a President who tends to measure his progress by the enemies he makes”.

Consider for a moment the Time Magazine’s 1963 Person of the Year, a man who measured his success by the equality and unity that he helped to inspire in his country through peaceful protest. Martin Luther King Jr.

Yesterday, schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America closed to celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all know his famous phrase, “I have a dream” but how many of us know the words that come next? It was not a dream for Negroes, or for whites or for any race in particular. It was a dream for unity. Martin Luther King Jr had a dream that…. “one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’.”

If you’ve got ten minutes to spare today, check out this great site. It includes, amongst other things, transcripts of his speeches including these words that he uttered on the eve of his assassination in light of recent death threats: “I don’t know what will happen now; we’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter to me now…Like anybody I would like to live a long life – longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will… And so I’m happy tonight; I’m not worried about anything; I’m not fearing any man; Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

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4 comments on “Time Magazine’s Person of the Year – Two Juniors
  1. Mel says:

    Why weren’t the schools, federal offices, post offices and banks closed to celebrate the birth and the life of me?

  2. Michelle says:

    Happy birthday Melmo! I am more than happy to take the day off in celebration if you like?!!

  3. burger says:

    Have you considered these former Time magazine "Persons of the Year"?:<br><ul><li>1985: Deng Xiaoping</li><li>1979: Ayatullah Khomeini</li><li>1942: Joseph Stalin</li><li>1939: Joseph Stalin</li><li>1938: Adolf Hitler</li></ul>Want to know more? Try <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_the_Year">here</a>.

  4. Wayno says:

    Good point burger, from what I’ve heard the magazine award is for the most influential person of the year.<br><br>I will say this though, it’s a lot tougher being influential building dreams than destroying them, especially when Daddy isn’t holding your hand. <br><br>Don’t get me started on the USA, I take my hat off to gerrod.com for being able to live there.

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