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We Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Today, January 15th, is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth back in 1929.  Dr. King was an activist, clergyman, and Nobel Peace Prize winner whose legacy is one of human and civil rights.  King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. We celebrate the holiday that honors his birth and his contributions to Americans and the world on the third Monday of January each year.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of few federal holidays that honors an individual. Because it is a federal holiday, states have the leeway to interpret the day as they see fit and it is sometimes known as Civil Rights Day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. via Wikipedia

My mother-in-law recalls witnessing as a young girl a late-night civil right’s meeting when Dr. King was sitting in her parent’s kitchen during the dangerous early 60’s.

Dr. King’s inspirational “I have a dream” speech is shown below, courtesy of YouTube. Enjoy the speech and the three day weekend!

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