Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Time to Honor a Great American Hero
4 Ways of Celebrating the Life of This Iconic Civil Rights Leader
Martin Luther King Jr. was more than just an American civil rights leader. He was a visionary hero who freed the country from the chains of discrimination and brought justice to the oppressed minorities. His relentless efforts and dedication to make America a better nation won him the hearts of millions. Up to this day, his legacy lives on.
Apart from his conviction to end racial segregation, King’s strategy to fulfill his self-imposed mission made him stood out from the rest of our heroes. Seeing how his fellow African-American people were being mistreated, he started leading peaceful protests, traveling from state to state to shed light on the issue, as well as speaking about civil rights.
His crusade, which went on for years, finally paid off when Congress decided to pass the Voting Rights Act. The law granted all black Americans the right to vote.
As with other prominent American leaders who had left a significant impact on our nation, King deserves to be remembered each year. Shortly after his tragic assassination in 1968, the public began campaigning to turn his birthday, January 15th, into a federal holiday. They eventually succeeded when President Ronald Reagan signed the federal holiday bill into law in 1983. It was first observed in many states three years later and was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
However, instead of January 15th, the government designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to fall on the third Monday of January.
How to Spend MLK Day
The purpose of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is to celebrate the life and contributions of the iconic civil rights hero. Here are 4 things you might want to consider doing:
- Let his speeches inspire you.
Take time to sit down and read some of King’s powerful speeches and writings. His 1964 Nobel Peace Prize address should be on your list, as it highlights humanity’s war against poverty. You can browse the rest of his speeches here.
- Watch an MLK film or documentary.
Reflect on King’s contributions to our nation by spending the day watching the documentary series “Eyes on the Prize” or the film “Selma.”
- Read a book about MLK’s legacy.
Get to know our hero deeper by reading a book that chronicles his life and legacy. You may take a look at this list if you’re not sure where to start.
- Attend a local MLK parade.
If your city is organizing an MLK parade, be sure to take part. Attending such a parade is a fun way to be enlightened about King’s pioneering work and the civil rights movement. At the same time, you get to witness dazzling floats, colorful dance squads, and high-stepping bands.
Make Martin Luther King, Jr. Proud Today
Like MLK, you have the power to transform the lives of your fellow countrymen and women in need. They are the individuals who are struggling to survive each day, burdened with disabilities, lack of education or essential skills, and other self-limiting disadvantages.
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Help Rebuild Lives This MLK Day!
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