In 1760, Thomas Jefferson courageously scribbled these words on paper, committing an act of treason:
We find these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, with certain unalienable rights, given to them by their creator. Among them, life, liberty and property.
To further ensure the end of slavery, the word “property” was changed to “the pursuit of happiness.” Do Americans know about and understand the impact of that change?
More than 200 years later, a black preacher from the South, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., courageously fought for those same ideals: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness---for all men and women, regardless of race, creed or color.
This four-part series explores the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., a complicated man who became the iconic symbol of the America's Civil Rights Movement.