In the Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. By Martin Luther, MLk jr. (Martin Luther, King Jr.) talks about how he was restricted from going to the front of the bus due to segregation in Atlanta.
I remember another experience I used to have in Atlanta. I went to high school on the other side of town—to the Booker T. Washington High School. I had to get the bus in what was known as the Fourth Ward and ride over to the West Side. In those days, rigid patterns of segregation existed on the buses, so that Nergros had to sit in the backs of buses, those seats were still reserved for whites only, so Negroes had to stand over empty sears. I would end up having to go to the back of that bus with my body, but every time I got on that bus I left my mind up on the front seat. And I said to myself, “one of these days, I’m going to put my body up there where my mind is.” (p. 9)
Though I’ve never experienced segregation, the quote “one of these days, I’m going to put my body up there where my mind is.” really struck me. Though I don’t like to brag, I think of myself as an amazing basketball player. Back when I first started playing basketball, I was an amateur and was horrible at basketball. One day I got fed up with kids making fun of me that I sucked at basketball, so I told myself “I’m going to be better than them one day”. This gave me the motivation to wake up every morning at 6am to play basketball and practice every day for 6-7 hours in total.