Happy Martin Luther King Jr.Day

On August 28th 1963 the inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered by civil rights activist Martin Luther King Junior. Today, more than 50 years later, we celebrate King’s achievements and his struggle against segregation and racism.

Jon Meacham wrote that, “With a single phrase, Martin Luther King Jr.joined Jefferson and Lincoln in the ranks of men who’ve shaped modern America,” and he deserved the praise.He built a program of non-violence by combining Christian teachings and Gandhi’s methods of non-violence.Martin Luther King Jr.was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.In 1962 he organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention and helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

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It was this same speech that led him to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence on October 14th, 1964.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.After his tragic death he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004 and in 1986 Martin Luther King, Jr.Day was established as an official U.S.Holiday.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal,” was only a portion of the inspirational speech that would change civil rights forever.