MIAMI — Aaron Martin, a seventh-grade student from the Brother Rice Honors Academy at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame, 6 to 12 Prep, was awarded first place for his essay about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Aaron’s essay, titled “Dare to Dream” discusses Dr. King’s life of service to the community and his dream for the future.
For his essay, best among eight other submissions from Miami-Dade area public and private schools, he was presented a medal at the North Miami Beach Town Hall.
“I learned that Dr. King loved to write, just like me,” remarked Martin, who has enjoyed writing since first grade. Rather than using only the internet, Martin conducted research by reading many books on Dr. King’s life. After research, he says that the essay writing came about quickly and he was done in about one hour.
Through this experience, Martin hopes to make the world a better place himself. In concluding his essay, he writes: “In my own quest to create this world in the image Dr. King imagined, I will attempt to make the people of our society help one another in peace and tranquility; to join as one. Dr. King had a dream…I intend to make it a continuous reality.”
Text of Aaron Martin’s essay Dare to Dream:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
‘These are the legendary words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King. What I assume is the true meaning of this statement is that you yourself can make a difference in the world.
“Great quantities of our world’s people are wealthy and have great riches, but choose not to sacrifice them for the greater good. Even if someone is in the worst possible position of one’s life, there is always someone worse off.
“Dr. King’s legacy of service is certainly an essential one. The legacy of Dr King…he took hours of service to lead the African Americans out of segregation, his words and actions throughout his speeches and marches.
“His powerful voice influenced many freedom fighters as well as new rights to the African Americans.
“In the ways I will be in service to others is when they ask for help; I’ll be there to help those in need. I will make the effort to help those without homes in our community, to give funds to those who are less fortunate and struggle everyday to live.
“I suppose this is the world in which everyone could work together in harmony, regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity.
“In my own quest to create this world in the image Dr. King imagined, I will attempt to make the people of our society help one another in peace and tranquility; to join as one.
“Dr. King had dream…I intend to make it a continuous reality.”
Photo: Aaron Martin