Every year ordinary people such as ourselves come together with friends and family to celebrate our birthdays. We turn a year older, enjoy our cake and gifts, and reflect on the events that made the last year memorable. On this day, January 15th, in 1929, a man was born in Atlanta, GA. A man that one day would have a dream.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
“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.””
King’s speech would go on for 17 minutes on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. that 28th day of August in 1963. Words that would echo through our great country to bring peace and equality to all.
Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.