The holiday will be officially celebrated on Monday, January 18th, but today is the actual birthday of this man whose life will always be celebrated by Americans.Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial discrimination and segregation. In 1986, the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. became a Federal Holiday.
Before King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, he became actively involved for religious reasons to end poverty and the Vietnam War. James Earl Ray was convicted for his death, but King‚Äôs family believed he was a victim of conspiracy. It wasn‚Äôt until the year 2000 when the Justice Department concluded, after an 18 month investigation, that there was no evidence of an assassination plot.
His speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. became known as the ‚ÄúI Have a Dream‚Äù Speech is an important part of our history that we must not forget. Read the speech and let his words remind us all of how far we have come as a nation. The holiday will be officially celebrated on Monday, January 18th, but today is the actual birthday of this man whose life will always be celebrated by Americans.