Martin Luther King Jr. Day

photo courtesy of Global Immersions

Every year on the third Monday of each January, the nation comes together to celebrate the lifetime achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King was a civil rights activist in the 1960s. He was born on January 15th, 1929. His ideas of nonviolent protests, inspired by his Christian believes, rallied the African American community in the fight for equality. At the time, African Americans were discriminated against under Jim Crow laws throughout America. Dr. King lead the protests against these laws, most famously in Birmingham, Alabama. His “I Have a Dream” speech is famous for its inspiring message.  On MLK Day, we celebrate the progress that we have made as Americans in providing equality for all citizens. Dr. King was sadly assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray, who vehemently opposed equal rights for our African American citizens. While his life was tragically cut short, Dr. King’s efforts helped bring equality for million of black Americans, an accomplishment truly worth remembering.