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Martin Luther King Day

Martin L. King Day

Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Day also known as MLK Day is celebrated every year on the third Monday of January. President Ronald Regan signed Martin Luther King Day into law in January of 1983. It celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King played a key role in the American Civil rights movement. On January 15, 1929 he was born to Alberta Williams King and the second child of pastor, Martin Luther King Sr. in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 15, he studied medicine and law at Morehouse College and graduated in 1948. In 1953, he completed a graduate program in Boston. Also, he married his wife Coretta Scott in the same year. They moved and settled in Montgomery, Alabama where Dr. King became a pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

Martin’s Leadership Role

Segregation existed in most of U.S. southern states. However, Montgomery, AL. was the high segregated city. The city became the center of attention for the development of Civil Rights in America after the decision in a landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. In the year of 1955, the chosen spokesman and leader was Dr. King. As a result, in 1956 of November, the Supreme Court ruled segregated seating on public buses was unconstitutional. The court’s decision placed Dr. king in the spotlight. Therefore, white supremacists targeted him. Due to the success of the boycott in Montgomery, Dr. King and other activists formed Southern Christian Leadership Conference(SCLC).

Furthemore, Martin Luther King heavily influenced individuals all over. This made him a target to certain individuals because they disagreed with his nonviolent methods and commitment to working within the established political framework. Therefore in April of 1969 Dr. King was assassinated. James Earl Ray was responsible for his murder. As a result, President Ronald Regan signed a bill making Martin Luther King a federal holiday.

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