There are a lot of historical figures that I have admired over the years and some have done things either out of the ordinary or just knew they were doing them out of a certain greatness. I can name a lot, I can name a few, but I’m not gonna do that because there would be a LOT of names to call out, so I’ll just give out THREE instead of the ONE particular I like and admire:
-Abraham Lincoln (February 9th, 1809-April 15th, 1865; 16th President of the United States from March 4th, 1861 to April 15th, 1865)
Abraham Lincoln is one of my first admired historical figure because after becoming president of the United States in March 1861 he had a lot on his plate to deal with as far as administering was concerned. He had to fight a civil war, bring the country back together again, and end the practice of the human bondage of black slaves in the South and having to do all this in the 4 years that he was president, only to be assassinated AFTER signing the Emancipation Proclamation (which freed slaves in the states of the rebellion in 1863), defeating the South in the war two years later and bringing the country back together again.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15th, 1929-April 4th, 1968) famed civil rights leader and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders and defender of freedom not only for African-Americans, but for all Americans, started off as a young pastor at his father’s church, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, preaching the gospel and educating people on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and his tactics of nonviolence in order to keep southern whites from attacking black citizens because of the rights that they rightfully deserve. These tactics, along with the huge marches and demonstrations Dr. King held in order to demand integration and equal opportunity to minorities earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Sadly, just four years later on April 4th, 1968, Dr. King was slain by a gunman at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, sparking outrage, pain, anger and hurt, just because he wanted his fellow man and woman to leave in a world of peace and equality.
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th, 1917-November 22nd, 1963; 35th President of the United States from January 20th, 1961 to November 22nd, 1963)
John F. Kennedy (better known as JFK), was America’s youngest president AFTER Theodore Roosevelt held the title upon his inheritance of the office after the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901. Kennedy had bold, new, fresh ideas for the country after his election in 1960 and did everything in his power to carry them out. Whether it was equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of their race, color, or creed, combatting the spread of communism (having to deal with the Berlin Wall situation and the Bay of Pigs AND Cuban Missile Crisis, along with fighting segregation in the South and other problems of the world), Kennedy had a full plate in his hands having to run the country at such a young age, but he was able to get SOME actions carried out, but tragedy struck on Friday, November 22nd, 1963 when he was cut down by an assassin’s bullet while riding in an open car in Dallas, Texas with his wife. The loss of Kennedy was felt by America and the world and his memory lives on today as we speak.
So there it is, the three most important figures of American history that I have chosen besides just one person and the choices they made in their lives are the ones they lived with in the name of courage, excellence and change…