Martin Luther King History
Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience. He is perhaps best known for his 'I have a dream...' speech in 1963. He was assassinated in 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr. day became a federally recognized holiday in 1983. The first year this holiday was observed was 1986, and not by all states. In 2000 it became a nationally observed holiday in all states. Martin Luther King Jr. Day takes place on the third Monday of January each year.
Facts about Martin Luther King
Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- The campaign for this holiday started shortly after Dr. King's assassination, in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law and the first national celebration of this holiday took place on January 20, 1986.
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. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Top Events and Things to Do
- Visit thekingcenter.org to find out about local events and ways you can help promote unity, fight racism, and promote justice.
- Become a mentor to a underprivileged person in your community through Big Brothers, or another similar organization.
- Visit the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. For more info see the Official memorial website.
- Donate to the United Negro College Fund or other charities that promote college degree attainment by minorities.