We'll add "Good Kid" to the good words for 9th Grade King Essay winner

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- A WINNING KING DAY ESSAY from Good Kid Reagan Dailey:
"To Move Forward Is To Look Back"

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This man, who lived so long ago, left many ideas behind that will never become outdated. There have recently been dark times around the country, and in order to overcome them we need to look to the past. This country has gotten past so much throughout history, with much more to overcome. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had wisdom to be used when looking on the past, and when looking towards the future. This wisdom should be used for the problems we, as a whole, face now.

"Courage is to be willing to know we have made mistakes in the past, and recognizing that changes are needed. Fear is to be scared of doing the right thing, to stand up to the masses. Fear is understandable, but courage should be expected. We must look back to the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to give us courage, and overcome our fears of being rejected by the masses. Time after time, we have made the same mistakes.

"These can be solved through having the courage to stand up for what is right, no matter what the popular opinion is. Darkness is the corruption of misunderstanding. One has succumbed to the darkness as soon as they refuse to understand before they judge. "Light is the beauty of willingness to understand and cooperate. If one wants to understand, then they have already been touched by
the light. In order to drive out the darkness, an understanding has to be reached. Not only an understanding of each other, but an understanding of what it is to be misunderstood.

"Misunderstanding is the real corruption and understanding is the real goodness. Darkness and fear meet when people are scared of understanding, so they refuse to even try. Light and courage meet when one is scared to understand, but tries despite their fear.
Darkness and fear are not the same, just as light and courage are not the same. Today, the world seems to interpret them as the same, though they are very different. Even those touched by the light are scared, just as those tinted with darkness have a sort of courage that most do not understand. They have the courage to not understand. Courage is not always good, but fear is not always bad. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated this throughout his life in several ways, which can still transfer to today’s issues. It is imperative that we keep these ideals alive in today’s society in order to keep moving forward."

- Reagan Dailey
9th Grade "Living the Dream" Essay Contest winner