The Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will occur on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. The holiday is in honor of the legendary peaceful protester that believed that blacks and whites should be equal. King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA.
“He’s definitely a good role model as far as leaders, and he has inspired me to become the type of leader I am. And in terms of helping others out as well as myself, if i rise then i try to help others get up as well. It’s a “we” thing, not an “I” thing. I get a lot of that motivation and inspiration from him,” Franchesca Marin ‘16 said.
His most popular speech was given on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., also known as the I Have a Dream speech. Many protesters attended this speech, including families came. During the speech police began to come with dogs and fire hoses to use against demonstrators. King was put into jail with many of his supporters. There was a large amount of violence that was directed towards the African Americans that attended the protest, even though none of the protesters acted violent towards the officers. This caused much needed controversy over the segregation and unnecessary brutality towards African Americans.
He inspired many people to rethink the previous ways of life, and how people viewed African Americans. King lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement as well, and dreamed of one day seeing the world with racial equality. While he inspired many people, his peaceful protesting angered many as well. He became a target for those who did not believe in the racial equality, and was later assassinated in 1968.
On the third monday in January of every year, Martin Luther King Jr.s legacy is honored, as everyone takes time to remember his contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.
“He was the face, he was the leader who jump started everything that’s gotten civil rights to the place that they are at now. He was probably one of the most influential people of the civil rights movement, if not the most,” Marin said.
His drive and hard work is honored by working on that day because King never took a day off from the Civil Rights Movement, he worked hard, and had immense patience to follow through with his protests.