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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Federal
I have a dream!

When: Third Monday of January

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Moments of silence.  Educational events.  Watching a movie or reading a book about Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. Remembering the human rights struggle and living your life in a way that contributes to Dr. Kings dream.
 

Numbers

According to USA Today,  Stevie Wonder and Martin Luther King Jr's widow Coretta Scott King delivered the largest official American petition ever to exist in the United States of America with over 6 million signatures to support the idea of making a national holiday to honor the late Civil Rights spokesman.

Description

Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent spokesman of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's and one of the most influential and historical leaders in the history of the United States on matters of equality, justice and civil rights.  In 1983 President Ronald Reagan made the recognition of the leader by declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national holiday.  The acceptance of the holiday by some people and states governments was not immediate however and it wasn't until the 2000 when all 50 of the states officially recognized and observed the holiday.  One of the most memorable speeches and accomplishments made by Dr. King include the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech about ending racism. This was among many appearances, marches and sermons Dr. King delivered in his life during his pursuit to end human rights abuses, particularly addressing the injustices of African Americans in the United States.

Interesting Facts

  1. Martins name was originally Michael as he was named after his father.  At 5 years old he changed his name to Martin after his father became inspired by the teachings of theology professor and priest Martin Luther.
  2. Martin Luther King was put in jail over 30 times during his life.
  3. At the time, Martin was the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
  4. At the young age of 15 is when Martin started to attend college.
  5. In school Martin Luther King actually got a C grade in public speaking.
     

Information

Observed:
  • Third Monday of January
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