King remembered for his peaceful protest for civil rights
Today is an important day in the Civil Rights Movement, it is a day to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.
According to www.thekingcenter.org, 'during the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.
Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States. While others were advocating for freedom by “any means necessary,” including violence, Martin Luther King, Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals. He went on to lead similar campaigns against poverty and international conflict, always maintaining fidelity to his principles that men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family.'
The day historically is celebrated to remember King's birthday, which is on January 15 but now is commemorated on the third Monday of each January.
All government entities along with schools are closed today. In the year 2000, the holiday, which was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan was observed by all 50 states in the union.