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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr Martin Luther King by theartyst

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.
January 16, 2012 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States and its territories. The only non-president to have such an honor, King worked for social equality and justice in the US in the 1950s and 60s. Included are deviant features dedicated to King.
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lefgozerdesign Jan 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
great
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:iconwdwparksgal:
:hug: Thank you. A great man needs to stay in the memories of people :aww:
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Great people should never be forgotten. ;)
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:iconwdwparksgal:
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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litecrush Jan 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well said. :heart:
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litecrush Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:huggle:
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Blaze7the7Cat Jan 16, 2012
All americans benefitted from his activism, not just African Americans. Thank you, Martin, thank you.
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:iconwdwparksgal:
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.
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