Perseverence Is The New Cool

By: Aiden Iwasyk

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein born in March 14, 1879. In school, his teachers thought he needed help. Some kids in his class started calling him dumb.He started working harder and harder. He would skip school days to study and learn. No one called him dumb again. In 1901 he earned his diploma.

Albert became smarter and smarter. In 1905 he earned his doctor degree. He became a professor in 1906. He kept teaching. Finally, in 1940 he became a United States citizen.

Albert persevered through being called dumb. He also ventured. He skipped school in spite of getting in trouble. He was noble. In that time and even now kids around the world try to do what he did. Albert had ambition to keep going and pushing.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. King was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most adored and loved African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, "I Have a Dream."

Martin Luther King Jr. entered public school at age 5. In May, 1936 he was baptized, but the event made little impression on him. In May, 1941, Martin was 12 years old when is grandmother, Jennie, died of a heart attack. The event was traumatic for Martin, more so because he was out watching a parade against his parents' wishes when she died. Distraught at the news, young Martin jumped from a second story window at the family home, allegedly attempting suicide.

Martin pushed through seeing his family pass away one by one. He had to push through being African-American and attempting suicide. He was not accepted by whites until he said the speech. He also had to push through his life knowing that he attempted suicide.

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Walt Disney

Walt’s optimism came from his unique ability to see the entire picture. His views and visions, came from the loving memory of yesteryear, and persistence for the future. Walt loved history. As a result of this, he didn’t give technology to use piece by piece, he connected it to his continuing mission of making life more enjoyable, and fun. Walt was our bridge from the past to the future.

Besides his other interests, Walt attended McKinley High School in Chicago. There, Disney divided his attention between drawing and photography, and contributing to the school paper. At night he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, to better his drawing abilities. On July 13, 1925, Walt married one of his first employees, Lillian Bounds, in Lewiston, Idaho. Later on they would be blessed with two daughters, Diane and Sharon . Three years after Walt and Lilly wed, Walt created a new animated character, Mickey Mouse. Walt's kids later loved this character.

Walt had to persevere through having children and still working. They had to make room for time with them. He also had to persevere through his addiction to smoking. He died from lung cancer. No one knew at the time what smoking did to your body.

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