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~Martin Luther King Jr: A Fighter Never Forgotten~

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January marks a very special day!
Some of us may forget aboout it.
But, we cannot!
January 17th is Martin Luther King Day!
 
 
 
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.
 
Martin Luther King JR
Martin Luther King Day is one of the United States' most celebrated holidays. It honors the life of a man who promoted equal rights. This illustration is based on artwork from iStockphoto.com/Soren Pilman
 
 

       What do people do?

Martin Luther King Day is a relatively new federal holiday and there are few long standing traditions. It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching their pupils or students about the work of Martin Luther King and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. In recent years, federal legislation has encouraged Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.

Martin Luther King Day, also known as Martin Luther King's birthday and Martin Luther King Jr Day, is combined with other days in different states. For example, it is combined with Civil Rights Day in Arizona and New Hampshire, while it is observed together with Human Rights Day in Idaho. It is also a day that is combined with Robert E. Lee's birthday in some states.

 
Public life
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday, but has slightly different names in some states. Non-essential Government departments are closed, as are many corporations. Some schools and colleges close but others stay open and teach their students about the life and work of Martin Luther King.

Small companies, such as grocery stores and restaurants tend to be open, although a growing number are choosing to close on this day. Some compensate by opening on Washington's Birthday instead. Recent federal legislation encourages Americans to give some of their time on Martin Luther King Day as volunteers in citizen action groups. Public transit systems may or may not operate on their regular schedule.
 
 

           Background

Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the "I Have A Dream" speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.

In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. After the first bill was introduced, trade unions lead the campaign for the federal holiday. It was endorsed in 1976. Following support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single "Happy Birthday" and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983. Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000.
 
 
"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."
 
Martin Luther King was a FIGHTER!
We cannot forget a person who made such a difference.
Lets share a few thoughts, words, feelings here!
 
May the dream Martin Luther King had live on forever, and ever, and ever!
 
 
 
Thanks to all those who took time out to read this!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Edited by Sweetu.Baby - 15 January 2011 at 6:55am

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I love his i have a dream speech...it inspired millions to fight for their rights...

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Thankya so much for making this thread :)

Brilliantly made and he indeed was a fighter.

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you can't see the whole staircase"

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thanks 4 this update or reminder in this case
to be onist i didnt know there was a day that existed on the celebrateion of Martin Luther King Jr

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but i do now thanks 2 u

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Americans should never forget MLK Jr. He was an amazing fighter and he'll live on for ages to come :)

Thank you so much for this thread Smile

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happy martin luther king jr day

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