Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. represents to me the words from one of Maya Angelou's most famous poems, Still I Rise. Black Americans, many of whom are the descendants of Africans brought here in chains are truly "the hope and dream of the slave". I doubt I'm the only one who pray that my ancestors know that we survived, have continued to fight for freedom, dignity, and human rights for all. Most don't know him beyond a few famous quotes. Dr. King was a brilliant man, a consummate strategist, and a visionary. His effect on the world can be criticized, but it cannot be denied. He did it. He paved a road that we're still walking down. He didn't only dream. He acted. We must do the same.