MLK Day: What Is It?

MLK Day: What Is It?

Martin Luther King (MLK) day is a holiday that has been celebrated Since 1986, with the first celebration being January 20th.

The first celebration occurred three years after Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an incredible person who inspired millions of people to peacefully protest for equal rights of Black Americans during the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. An example of his historic peaceful protests would be the bus boycott that began in 1955 to take a stand against the segregation in Montgomery Alabama.

He dedicated his life to fighting for civil rights for all, and doing so peacefully made it all the more remarkable. He was a natural born leader who knew how to make a change in this world, and for that he will never be forgotten.

His “I Have a Dream” speech, given on August 28th, 1963, is also one of the most remarkable and memorable speeches in Americas history. This 17-minute address changed the path of the “American dream.” It changed the path of what “all men are created equal” truly means. It changed the path of this country.

Some things that came to be in response to his leadership was the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, both helping to ensure equal rights for all.

Also in 1964, MLK won the Nobel Peace Prize at just 35-yeras-old, making him the youngest man to ever receive this award.

Since his assassination on April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. has been and will forever be remembered for his leadership, morality, bravery, and his dedication to changing the course of history for the better.