FOSTORIA—Isaiah Cassidy, a sixth-grade student at Fostoria St. Wendelin won an essay contest on the subject of Martin Luther King Jr.
He read his essay during a Martin Luther King Jr. prayer service in Fostoria in January. The text of his essay follows.
Isaiah Cassidy, a sixth-grade student at Fostoria St. Wendelin, reads his essay during a Martin Luther King Jr. prayer service in Fostoria.
“Hello, my name is Isaiah Cassidy. I am a sixth-grader at St. Wendelin School in Fostoria. My teacher is Mrs. Tiell.
What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of the world today?
We all know that Martin Luther King Jr. was the person who spoke the “I had a dream” speech. Would he appreciate what we’ve accomplished?
I think that he would most likely be amazed on how low racial prejudice is in the world. His dream was to stop racial prejudice and if you compare how bad it was back then to how it is now I think that he would be proud.
I am sure that he would be proud because if you look around today, you see all different kinds of races of people joining together to do things like kids playing, adults working with one another, and the best thing of all is we treat each other with respect. He would be proud because back then there were no kids of different races playing together or even being together. He would be proud because there was no respect back then but there is now.
I know racial prejudice isn’t at zero percent or anything like that but it sure is better than it was back then. It will probably never be at zero percent but it sure would be a great milestone if we did.
The bottom line of all of this is that MLK Jr. would be proud of how respectful we are. This is good because one, we don’t have to be all mad at each other and second, everyone is more happy and willing to help one another. That is why he would be happy with us.