Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000. Martin Luther King, Jr. became a man to look up to in the Civil Rights Movement. He to try to bring an end to racial segregation and discrimination. When much of American didn't get it during the 1950s and 1960s he was a leading spokesperson for nonviolent methods of achieving social change. His eloquence as a speaker and his worldly wisdom, personal charisma, combined with a deeply rooted determination to get America to let go of prejudice and create equality among all races. This put him in the eye of the storm. He dared to go where angels fear to tread and despite personal risk won a world-wide following. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1964 and was selected by Time magazine as its Man of the Year. His “I Have a Dream” speech, which is now considered to be among the great speeches of American history, is frequently quoted. His success in taking the drive for civil rights was dead on and inspiring , however, made him the target of segregationists who believed firmly in the superiority of the white race and feared social change. His belief in non-violent protest was a double-edged sword because there is a fine line between protest and breaking the law. He was arrested by the fuzz over 20 times. The courts threatened to throw the book at him, and lock him up. His home was bombed and he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, on the balcony of a motel where he was staying in Memphis. A monument to Dr. King was unveiled in the national capital in 2012.

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