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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 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
great
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
:hug: Thank you. A great man needs to stay in the memories of people :aww:
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Great people should never be forgotten. ;)
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well said. :heart:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
:hug: Thank you :aww:
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litecrush Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:huggle:
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Blaze7the7Cat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
All americans benefitted from his activism, not just African Americans. Thank you, Martin, thank you.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
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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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
It's such an honor to share his birthday(1/15) he truly was an amazing man :nod: great feature.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
:hug: And I wish you a happy birthday.
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
:aww:thank you! :love:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
You're most welcome :hug:
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alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
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.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
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.
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alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
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.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
King was amazing and inspiring to all people. His horrific death was a huge loss to the world.
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ZandKfan4ever57 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I want to take this time out in thanking for creating this, please know this means much to me! :hug:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
You're welcome :hug: Thank you for reading :aww: ~ King will be remembered for all time.
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ZandKfan4ever57 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
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.
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
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Help desk is also closed for today. So others know.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
The federal holidays are observed by dA, so yes the help desk is closed and will only have a four-day week. Schools, banks, the post office and other federal buildings were closed too.
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012   Photographer
If only more people had a dream...our world would be much better...
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BlueSkies12 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a dream...but it was a guy murrdering my sister...so I don't think it was a dream...more like a nightmare... oh well...
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I totally agree :hug:
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