Today, the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday in honor of the famous African-American right’s activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year marks the 55th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic speech.
“I have a dream,” proclaimed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to a crowd of a quarter-million people at the 1963 march for civil rights in Washington, D.C.
King was one of the heroes in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He led peaceful protests such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference that organized demonstrations against segregation throughout the country. On top of these efforts, he also worked with politicians to work towards passing legislation for equal rights.
Most of all, Dr. King wanted to see a world where there all were treated equally. He went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his monumental efforts. However, his life was tragically cut short when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, TN.
Although Dr. King is no longer with us, his heroic legacy lives on. Dr. King exemplified extraordinary bravery and eventually gave his life for the cause he believed in.
In addition to a national holiday, a memorial was built to honor the great legacy of Dr. King. It originally opened in October 2011 and is located on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.