In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, January 15th is the birth date of Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister who became a civil rights activist and in 1964 he received the 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’s family believed he was a victim of conspiracy. It wasn’t 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 “I Have a Dream” 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.

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