Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King was a very important spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights through nonviolence. In 1963, more than 200,000 demonstrators calling for civil rights joined Martin Luther King Jr. for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It is here that he gave his famous speech, “I Have a Dream”.
After King was tragically assassinated in 1968, a campaign began to create a federal holiday in his name. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983. We now recognize this amazing man on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. This year we celebrate on his actual birthday, Monday, January 15th.
Take a moment today to listen or read “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr.