It Starts With One

Throughout history, numerous people have tried to change the way others look at things. The ‘it' in "It stars with one" stands for a universe at peace, a world free of war and full of citizens who care for each other. Just being a caring person who helps others in itself can be a start to rising above all of the hate in this world and beginning a new era in which people care for each other. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are great examples of people who have tried to change the outlooks of people on different cultures.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who put his all into changing the world. With his words of wisdom, he altered the views of many people on blacks. With his "I have a dream" speech he practically began the Civil Rights Movement. Not only was he a major leader of the Civil Rights Movement, but he also aimed people in the direction of peace, and made it aware that there was a way to solve problems without harming anyone. In 1964 he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize for his work as a peacemaker and also for his promoting of non-violence. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in 1963 for his famous "Letter From Birmingham City Jail". This was protesting the way that the African Americans were being treated in Alabama and supporting civil disobedience against unjust laws. This is where it starts with one comes into play. Martin Luther King Jr. did not have to stand up for these African Americans who were being treated unfairly in the South. He could have just ignored it, but he did not. He stood up for what he thought was right, and it turns out that many people agreed with him. He put his own life at stake, in hopes that the future would convey equality for all African American people. The March on Washington was where Martin Luther delivered his "I have a dream" speech. The "I have a dream" speech developed a desire for peace and freedom in the lives of many blacks. Martin Luther helped start this idea and gave people hope that in the future their children, and their grandchildren would have independence, and choice.
Rosa Parks was another African Woman who was not afraid to speak up. Not only did Rosa speak her mind, but throughout her actions she showed people that blacks and whites shouldn't have to be separated. Blacks had to sit in the back of the bus, and whites in the front. One day Rosa decided that she was going to sit in the front. She risked her life just to prove that something as little as where you sat on the bus whether you were black or white shouldn't matter. Rosa's acts triggered the Montgomery Bus Acts, which made the law that stated blacks had to sit in the back of the bus and white had to sit in the front of the bus unconstitutional. Rosa helped being the Civil Rights Movement with her actions. She showed people that it was okay to stand up for them, and that they should not be afraid to stand up for what they believe in because most of the time, someone else believes the same thing but is afraid to standup for him/herself.
Throughout my life so far, not a lot has been done to change the world and make it more peaceful, but I have impacted the lives of some. For the past two summers, and part of the fall, I have been dedicated to helping the Eastchester Blue Devils Cheerleaders. I started out working with 11 and 12 year olds when I was 13. Although this was nothing as drastic as what Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks did for the African Americans, it still made a difference. Since cheerleading is something that I love doing, and I am currently on the Eastchester Varsity Cheer team, I figured that it would be fun to help out the younger girls who are on the Eastchester Blue Devils team. I didn't think of it as me making a difference in the world, I just thought of it as something fun to do with my free time. It ended up being quite an experience, and it shows you how much little kids respect you for helping them, and teaching them. Not only did I teach them cheers, but spirit. I shared with them my personal experiences and taught them about how school spirit was a big thing when you get into high school, but they were starting out early. Lots of people think of cheerleading as just a bunch of girls in short skirts yelling things about football players, but really its a lot more than that. It's getting involved in your school and trying to create a fun environment for the students by encouraging school spirit.

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