Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism.
A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.
In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War.
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. . . .
"January 16th will mark the 28th anniversary our nation celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., although the actual date is January 15th. Here in the United States and around the globe people who embrace his legacy will be using the day to pay tribute to the ideals he represented.Maybe it's me, don't get me wrong, I agree completely with the concept of Honoring the Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. However, The best ways of honoring his memory are not only volunteering, but also continuing the quest for economic and educational justice for all, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender and sexual preference.
Many remember Martin Luther King as a civil rights icon, who rose to prominence from his infamous 1963 March on Washington “I Have A Dream Speech.” Coincidently the speech’s correct title was “Normalcy, Never Again” but the “I Have a Dream phrase was injected following constant encouragement from legendary gospel singer Mahilia Jackson who was seated not far from the podium. As he was delivering the speech, it was Jackson who kept saying, “tell em about the dream, Dr. King.” The rest is history.
After much arm-twisting and political maneuvering from Mrs. Coretta Scott-King and other supporters, then President Ronald Reagan acquiesced and signed the holiday into law on November 2, 1983. . . . " According to Fred Thomas III of the L.A. Morgage Examiner.
In addition, I have heard how 'The Occupy Movement' is also a way to honor the Late Reverend. After all, the day of his death, some are now saying that 'Occupy Washington D.C.' was in the works, but Rev. King's assassination put an end to it; and in addition, there is-->
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