Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King Jr, was a beloved minister and leader/activist for nonviolent protest during an era where protest had a propensity towards violence. For 13-years he led the Civil Rights Movement, giving profound speeches and getting people involved from the grassroots level to participate in peaceful protest.

Martin Luther King Day is a Federal holiday in the United States and its territories, always honored on the third Monday* in the month of January, falling around King's birthday. King was born on or about January 15, 1929; there is some question about the exact day of his birth, but the best guess is the 15th. Until his death on April 4, 1968, King worked tirelessly for equality, not only for people of color, but for all people. He drew his inspiration from Christianity, as well as the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, a great leader who stressed peace and community among India's people.

Throughout King's career, he wrote and spoke frequently while traveling extensively. His "Letter from Birmingham Jail", written in 1963, is quite a passionate statement of his crusade for justice. King's "I Have a Dream" speech is a 17-minute public-oration delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. On October 14, 1964, King became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to him for leading non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in the United States. Today his speeches are read and revered by people of all creeds and color. King is the only non-president to have a National Holiday dedicated in his
honor, as well as the only non-president memorialized on the Great Mall in Washington DC .

King will never be forgotten. His inspiration and eloquence continue to reach people from all walks of life around the world.

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*The "floating" holiday falls under the same rule as other holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, although the Act actually predated the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by 15-years.
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WDWParksGal's avatar
:hug: Thank you. A great man needs to stay in the memories of people :aww:
PutYourBraveFaceOn's avatar
Great people should never be forgotten. ;)
WDWParksGal's avatar
Very true. I remember some great people in the sixty-years of my life. I've seen many changes and, of course, advances in technology that would have seemed ridiculous to my younger self. The world was fortunate to have a man like King in it.
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Blaze7the7Cat's avatar
All americans benefitted from his activism, not just African Americans. Thank you, Martin, thank you.
WDWParksGal's avatar
Absolutely. I was fortunate to have been able to see him on TV when I was young. It was a shock when he was killed. There was a sense of vulnerability since Kennedy had been shot in '63 and his brother Bobby just two months after King was shot. There was a sense no one was safe.
SAVALISTE's avatar
It's such an honor to share his birthday(1/15) he truly was an amazing man :nod: great feature.
WDWParksGal's avatar
:hug: And I wish you a happy birthday.
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You're most welcome :hug:
alltheoriginalnames's avatar
He was an amazing human being, with a simple yet beautiful message: equality.
He will always be remembered, and his dream will live on.

His words transcend time and resonate, his message is still relevant today.
Now more than ever. Peace, Equality, Humanity.
WDWParksGal's avatar
I agree. King transcends time. I can hear his voice in my head like I used to hear him when he was on TV when I was young.
alltheoriginalnames's avatar
I was not fortunate enough to have heard he speak while he was alive, but his voice and message carry on.
The sixties were a bit before my time, what a shame.
WDWParksGal's avatar
King was amazing and inspiring to all people. His horrific death was a huge loss to the world.
ZandKfan4ever57's avatar
I want to take this time out in thanking for creating this, please know this means much to me! :hug:
WDWParksGal's avatar
You're welcome :hug: Thank you for reading :aww: ~ King will be remembered for all time.
DomiSM's avatar
Such a great man. I've often wondered what he would have done, how far he would have gone, if his life hadn't been taken. I know the world is a better place for having had him in it...and I think how much better it would be if he had been in it for longer. :heart:
WDWParksGal's avatar
It was such a loss. The sixties was a very traumatic time and sticks in my memory. Racial turmoil, assassinations, anti-war protests... the nightly news was not for the faint of heart. King was so powerful and charismatic that his words continue to live long after him. He wasn't a perfect man but was a great man.
DomiSM's avatar
I was only a little girl, born in 1967, so I don't remember much, but my parents always talk about the 60's the same way, that it was a terrible time with the assasination of JFK and then Dr King, and as you said, all the other turmoil happening during that time. He was indeed a great man, and I wish he could have gone further.
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