We love our Monday holidays and 3 day weekends, but what is Martin Luther King Jr. Da really about? It is a Federal Holiday which means that the federal government recognizes each year during which non-essential government agencies close and their employees have a paid day off.
The Martin Luther King Jr. or MLK Day holiday is an official day of service and celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. It was established as a National Holiday on November 2, 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s actual birthday is 1/15/29. He would have been 95.
Could you imagine what he would have done if he had not been brutally assassinated on April 4, 1968?
He preached and lived by a non-violence philosophy. He brought peace, love, hope, and positive changes.
He was far ahead of his time. Thank God!
He was a true Patriot
Martin Luther King Jr. became the central personality in the Negro’s struggle for human rights.
He said in his speech in 1955, “Thou shalt not requite violence with violence.”
Unfortunately, His efforts to bring peace and justice to the world were met with such negative opposition.
He was jailed 29 times, his house was firebombed, and he was stabbed. In 1974 his mother was also shot and killed.
In 1963, in front of a crowd of over 250,000 people, more than twice the amount expected, He delivered the "I Have A Dream" speech. One of the most iconic moments of the 20th century.
His accomplishments were rewarded when he received the Nobel Peach prize in 1964, "for his non-violent struggle for civil rights for the Afro-American population".
His acceptance speech is eloquently delivered and worth a listen.
In memory and celebration of his efforts, let's continue to make our country a better place for all people regardless of race, age, gender, nationality, status, or religious and political beliefs.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."
We need more people in power like him.
Here are some of the most famous Martin Luther King Jr. quotes:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice."
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"