The tensions are not between the races, but between the forces of justice and injustice. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is annually celebrated on the third Monday of January. The federal holiday falls close to King’s birthday (January 15th) to celebrate the legacy of the civil rights activist who fought until his dying day.
On April 4th, 1968, King was assassinated during his stay at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Shortly after King’s death, the nation urged U.S. officials for a federal holiday but the request fell on deaf ears. It was nearly 15 years after King’s death that Congress passed legislation in designation of a federal holiday.
The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Though a controversial figure in the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. remains an icon for democracy and equality that continues to inspire generation after generation. In the relentless fight for civil rights, King’s work was deeply rooted in the belief of non-violence and led to one of the country’s biggest civil rights movements; the March on Washington.
With attendees reaching well over 200,000, the March on Washington came to be known as the turning point towards successful civil rights legislation with vast participation from communities of all colors.
King’s notably acclaimed speech, which began with the words, “I have a dream…” were first uttered during the March on Washington.
The Nation Remembers
Martin Luther King Jr. was a champion for equality, peace, and opportunity to all Americans.
Today, as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., let us not only remember the obstacles he faced, but also, the persistence, bravery, and love that King demonstrated each and every day.
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