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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today on January 16th, we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Always the third Monday of the year, MLK Day is seen as “a day on, not a day off”. The only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, people all over the country are encouraged to volunteer and improve their communities in Dr. King’s memory.

This day of remembrance pays tribute to Dr. King’s impact on the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s through his revolutionary leadership. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. achieved such genuine progress toward racial equality that he has come to be among the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.

The King Center in Atlanta has cited that Dr. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor, not to say it came without a fight.

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by Isabelle Brown  |