Martin Luther King Day

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Martin Luther King Day

Jourdyn Lee, Staff

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day, also known as MLK Day is a holiday celebrated across America which marks the day the Civil Rights icon was born; January 15th, but falls on the third Monday of January each year.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an African-American Baptist minister and activist who is widely known as one of the greatest civil rights leaders in American history. King is known for his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 during the march on Washington, DC.

Throughout the years no one has ever been able to forget it. From elementary schools to careers, we are reminded every day that a man stood in front of the world and asked for equality. Equality in bathrooms, equality in schools, and most importantly equality in life. All this in a time and place whose culture had been rooted in racist laws and actions for centuries. His words are still with the people of this nation 51 years after his death.

King would be astounded to see what change he brought to the nation and how the work he did finally let black men and women be equal members of society. Today is the day we celebrate his impact as a leader of the free.