17 January, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. was the man who behind much of the African-American civil rights movement. He is the person who led the Montgomery Bus Boycott, helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and delivered the well-known "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

(Image found on Google Images.)

Sadly, he was assassinated on April 4th, 1968.

The US federal holiday was first observed in 1986, meant to coincide with King's birthday on January 15th. But despite being signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1983 it was only observed--by all 50 states--in 2000.

So, for those of you in the USA (and, according to Wikipedia, Hiroshima, Japan and Toronto, Canada) have a great holiday--and remember the man that it is meant to honor.

-----The Golden Eagle
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mist of the blossom rain said...

what a great holiday. Have a wonderful day!

Lisa Potts said...

It is sometimes easy to forget the real reason behind our holidays. Thanks for the reminder!

Carol Kilgore said...

Nice post. I didn't know about Hiroshima and Toronto. Thanks.

Lydia K said...

Wonderful post and tribute.
I hope people don't forget the true reason why we have a holiday today.

Madeleine said...

Great tribute to someone who made a real difference to people's lives and society as a whole. :O)

Anonymous said...

I did not know MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Learn something new every day. Thanks!

Clarissa Draper said...

Today I learned that he was actually a genius.

Jai Joshi said...

Happy Dr. King day. He's one of my heros.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Took that long for all fifty states to adopt the holiday? I wonder who was last?

Robyn Campbell said...

Super tribute. Loved reading it. :)

You taught me some things today.

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Old Kitty said...

This is a brilliant day to celebrate and a wonderful man to honour!!! A true hero. I think in the current toxic political climate, it's worth remembering how one man was able to change society not through hate or vitriol but through intelligent debate and humanity.

Take care

Mary Mary said...

Interesting how it took until 2000 for all fifty states to observe the holiday. It's that little bit of trivia that gets the wheels in my writing brain going. Thanks for sharing and observing with all of us!

Misha said...

I am not from the US. But King was truly a great man who deserves to be honoured.

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

A fitting tribute to an extraordinary human being.

Amanda the Aspiring said...

Wow, Hiroshima and Toronto? Just those two cities? And it really took until 2000 for all the states to celebrate MLK Day? It's hard to believe that it took them well into my lifetime to all accept it. Great post! =)

Mason Canyon said...

Great tribute and wonderful reminder.

Thoughts in Progress

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Thanks for this lovely post. I'm inclined to find out why Hiroshima and Toronto--that's fascinating.

Brenda Drake said...

Wonderful post! I learned something new about a great man. Thanks! :D

Charles Gramlich said...

I've never read a biography of him, well other than encyclopedia type entries. I should.

Pk Hrezo said...

Happy MLK day! I did a similar post yesterday. He inspires me so much.

Sangu said...

I always think it ironic - and sad - that it's always the good people who are assassinated.

Talli Roland said...

Thank you for the reminder of a wonderful man.

Jen Chandler said...

Beautiful tribute to a well deserved individual. Sad to think that it took that long for all 50 states to observe this holiday! I didn't know that. Thanks!

Paul C said...

This is a meaningful tribute of a man with so much legacy and inspiring vision.

The Golden Eagle said...

Emily: Thanks! I hope you did, too. :)

Lisa: There's so much energy around the holiday, but not the people, a lot of the time.

You're very welcome!

Carol: Thank you!

I didn't, either, until I read the Wikipedia article.

Lydia: Thank you for the compliment. :)

I hope so, too.

Madeleine: Thank you!

He really did.

Stephen: Neither did I, until I--again--read the Wikipedia article. :P

You're welcome!

Clarissa: Of the highest order. :)

Jai: He was an amazing person!

Alex: Yup. Kind of surprising, isn't it?

I don't know . . . hang, on I just looked it up. One article said that SC was the last state to recognize it as a paid holiday.

Robyn: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the read.

I did, too, researching Martin Luther King, Jr. for this post.

The Golden Eagle said...

Michael: Thanks! :)

Congrats, congrats, congrats! *happy dances some more out of celebration* That's awesome!

Old Kitty: I definitely agree!

Mary: Trivia intrigues me, too.

You're welcome! I enjoy spreading the word about little things that people might find interesting. :)

Misha: I agree--he did so much, he deserves to be honored!

Wendy: He was such an impressive figure.

Amanda: Indeed, it did take them that long.

Thank you!

Mason: Thanks! :)

Tricia: You're very welcome.

It explains in the Wikipedia link I posted. :)

Brenda: Thank you for the compliment!

You're welcome!

Charles: Well, encyclopedia articles can be informative all by themselves--but it's true that a biography will give you a lot of details that an article will not.

The Golden Eagle said...

Pk: I saw your post! It was wonderful. :)

Sangu: I know. People like Martin Luther King, Jr. do so much . . . and could have done so much more if only they hadn't died.

Talli: You're quite welcome. :)

Jen: Thank you!

It is kind of sad that it took them so long . . .

You're welcome!

Paul: Thank you--that means a lot to me. Being meaningful when it comes to posts like this really matters.