STORY BY SKYE WEBSTER, FNN REPORTER, BLOW PIERCE BUREAU.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, my step-dad and I decided to go to the Frederick Douglass House and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. I learned a lot about Frederick Douglass that I hadn't known— like that fact he learned how to read all by himself. It's amazing how someone can do that all by themselves. Frederick Douglass had a job at the Capitol and his house was on a top of a hill in a neighborhood now called Anacostia. He was a very hard working man. When he was little, he used to watch his aunt get beat. At night he would hear her screams. When he was about 7 years old, his mother died. He grew up basically on his own and ran away from slavery. After we left the Frederick Douglas House, we went to the Martin Luther King Memorial. The Martin Luther King Memorial has a long wall of his quotes carved in marble. It's one big rock with Martin Luther King is coming out of it. At first I didn't understand the design of the memorial until I read the quote on the side of it. The quote read "Out of a a mountain of despair comes a stone of hope. " That's when I realized Martin Luther King is that stone of hope. He fought for our rights and so did Frederick Douglass. They both changed the state of people's minds and that makes me happy.
Skye Webster is in the 8th grade at Blow Pierce Junior Academy.