As you know, today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day! A day that many hold dear but especially African Americans.
People know this as a day of reflection on Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Others know it as a day to reflect back on the struggle, failures and successes of the Civil Rights movement. Some merely see it as a free day off from work or school. Some look on this day with fear of commercialism. Others may look upon this day with hatred. Some may look upon this day with pride and accomplishment. But no matter how you look at it, I would hope that you learn something from this extraordinary man.
Marin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia and was assassinated/murdered on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee. He was the husband of Coretta Scott King and the father of four children – Yolanda, Martin III, Dexter & Bernice.
Martin Luther King Jr skipped the 9th and 12th grades, and graduated high school at the age of 15. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College, a Bachelor of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy from Boston University. He was instrumental to the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 which lasted 385 days. He was also a leader of the Civil Rights movement who gave many speeches (yes, more than just the “I Have A Dream” speech!), lead many demonstrations and Marches. One of his most notable Marches was the march on Washington in 1963.
He was named Man Of The Year by Time Magazine in 1963 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Take the time to do some reading. Learn about this man of God, Leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Great man in History!
Martin Luther King Jr Day did not happen overnight. It was a long hard and at times a dismal and daunting task. On April 8, 1968 just days after the assassination U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr introduced the first bill to make Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday a national holiday. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday in honor of King, which was observed for the first time January 20, 1986. In 1992 President George H. W. Bush signed a proclamation solidifying that Martin Luther King Jr Day would be celebrated ever year on the third Monday in January. Finally on January 17, 2000 officially for the first time, Martin Luther King Day was celebrated in all 50 United States!
Excerpt from the Martin Luther King Jr “Strength To Love” speech 1963 –
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies
hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction
of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of
Martin Luther King Jr, among other things was a Husband, Father, Leader, Pastor and Son. BUT he is a Hero, an Icon, a LEGEND! If this is not enough for you then read more about this icon HERE!