Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today we, here in the U.S., celebrate a very important person in our history . . . 
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968).  
Here's the info I copied from Wikipedia about King:  "He was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement.  He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using non-violent civil disobedience because he was a Christian.
"He was born Michael King, but his father changed his name in honor of German reformer Martin Luther. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. 
He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Georgia, in 1962, and organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. 
King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. 
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he and the SCLC helped to organize marches, and the following year, he took the movement north to Chicago.
Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on April 4, in Memphis, Tennessee. 
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously.

Martin Luther King Jr Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. A memorial statue on the National Mall in his honor was opened to the public in 2011."
I've been seeing a lot of quotes that are accredited to Martin Luther King Jr on Facebook today.  He apparently said much that was quote worthy, and they are very thought provoking.  I would like to remember them, but I'm sure I won't (such a crappy memory these days).  
Hope you have had a great Monday!  
Thanks for stopping by ~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

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