Each year, on the third Monday in January there is a Federal National Holiday in the USA to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. – the first national holiday to honor an individual black American.
This remarkable man, a Baptist Minister, was the primary civil rights spokesman for the campaign of non-violent activism that protested against racial discrimination (in law) during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. On October 14, 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal after his assassination on April 04th 1968.
His speech on August 28 1963 in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. remains to this day one of the most eloquent and moving of the last century. I can think of no more fitting way to observe the memory of this great man than to show it here, and urge you to listen, pause and consider