Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is right around the corner. On January 18th, we celebrate one of the most important men in American history. Known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. King Jr. helped revolutionize the way we deal with race in this country.
The King Holiday is often considered a “teach-in,” a day in which to learn and remember. Individuals should strive to remember the deeds of Dr. King, but also to teach and learn as much as possible, according to the King Center. Attending seminars, reading books, participating in activism, and supporting minorities are just some of the many things you can do to remember Dr. King.
“We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles,” reads the King Center website about the King Holiday.
MLK was a Baptist Minister and activist born in 1929. He earned his PhD in Systemic Theology from Boston University, and later led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped to found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. He is the author of Stride Toward Freedom (1958), Strength to Love (1963), and Where Do We Go from Here (1967). He was assassinated in Memphis in 1968.