Remembering MLK

A summary about one of the most memorable man in history

Since 1986, America has been celebrating the remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. Every year on the third Monday in January, we honor and remember the great speeches and actions of Dr. King. Martin Luther King was an American clergyman, activist and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. He was best known for his role in the civil rights movement using nonviolent civil disobedience and has become a national icon in the American progressive history.

  Through the years, King would be an influential human who organized marches, sit-ins, and political rallies to fight for rights. In 1963 in Washington, D.C. King spokes before 200,000 African American his famous “I Have a Dream speech which has been one of the greatest speeches ever given. His powerful speech called for a vision of hope, touched the hearts of the nation.

  In 1964, during a march outside Selma where 1500 men and women met along a wall of state troopers, King lead the marchers in prayer successfully avoiding confrontation with the authorities. President Johnson signed a Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing discrimination based on race color, religion, and national origin. That same year he became the youngest recipient to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the Civil Rights Movement.

  Martin Luther King is one of the most memorable activist of the American history. He was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee while giving a speech at a sanitation workers’ strike. When President Ronald Reagan signed the established into law in 1983, MLK Day was first observed as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. It is one holiday that we have that reflects America’s most memorable ideals of human rights, justice and equality. Celebrate the memorable!

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