Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. His birthday is being celebrated on January 21

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Martin Luther King Day commemorates the birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American civil rights leader, and celebrates his life, achievements and legacy.

A federal holiday, Martin Luther King Day is celebrated annually on the third Monday of January and is also commonly known as “King Day.”  “MLK Day,” “Civil Rights Day” or “Human Rights Day.”

Over the years, it has been seen as a “Day of Service” when Americans volunteer to help the less fortunate in a time of needKing was influential in the American Civil Rights Movement. He advocated for non-violent activism in the struggle for the end of racial discrimination before he was assassinated in 1968.

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The federal holiday honoring King was signed into law in 1983 and first observed three years later during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

Today is a time celebrate the personal story of a man who spent his youth in Georgia, building a strong religious faith as a reverend and later delivering a legendary “I Have a Dream” speech after gaining political power.

Happy Birthday, Mr. King.