Citizen Voices: Khiam Barry
LAST week, it was 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr delivered his iconic "I have a dream speech" to a crowd of 250,000 in Washington.
As well as being iconic, the speech was inspirational – outlining a hope for equality for all races. The speech captured the attention of the world through a display of oratory brilliance.
Martin Luther King Jr had a gift of being able to touch people with his spoken words in a way that many others cannot.
However, not everyone is able to deliver such a speech and they have to rely on other means to communicate what they think or feel about a subject.
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This is where writing comes in handy. With a pen and a paper, or sitting at a computer screen, people can let emotions or feelings flow onto a page without having to experience the nervousness of speaking in front of a crowd.
Writing and reading go hand in hand. Reading a variety of different pieces of writing, written by a variety of different author's, means that person experiences different styles of writing and maybe without knowing it can improve their writing.
The sooner a child starts reading a variety of books the better, which is why projects such as the Summer Reading Challenge put on by Gloucestershire County Council which has run from Saturday July 13 and finishes on Saturday, are a fantastic idea to keep children interested in reading and using local libraries in Gloucestershire.
Members of staff at libraries across Gloucestershire have commented on the positive change in children after they attended a variety of Creepy House events.
They have noticed children gain confidence and engage in independent reading.
It encourages children to use library facilities and gain an appreciation of a brilliant resource that many people take for granted. Much like we take our civil rights for granted nowadays.
The progress made since the 1960s in terms of equality of race, gender and sexuality is great, although there is still work to be done.
People are inspired in different ways, and many people inspire other people in various ways whether by a speech or through the written word.
Reading is an essential part in inspiring young people and a consistent effort is needed to ensure that they carry on reading so that maybe one day they can inspire others as Martin Luther King Jr did back in 1963.