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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted by Unison on Jan 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Today, January 20th, we celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an inspirational and powerful civil rights activist and is celebrated for his leadership in movements to help end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963 in front of over 250,000 civil rights supporters at the Lincoln Memorial. This speech was a defining moment in the civil rights movement inspiring thousands of people to fight for human equality and to support love rather than hate. He was a proud advocate of non-violent protests, which helped him become the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. King was later assassinated in 1968 and shortly after, a bill was introduced to honor him on his birthday. After years of protest, Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986 as a federal holiday that we continue to observe every year on the third Monday of January (King's birthday is January 15). So today, we say Happy Birthday, Dr. King and thank you for your leadership in helping to make our country a better place.