While Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday was officially yesterday – January 15th, it is being celebrated on today, January 16th, nationally throughout the United States. Dr. King was one of the most prolific leaders of our time, and perhaps one of the last to be willing to die for a cause which he believed in (some may argue this point, but research can add validity to this point).
What has made Dr. Martin Luther King great and worthy of his own holiday?
King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam”. – Source
King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee, while gearing up for the national occupying of Washington, D.C.
Here is one of the coolest tribute songs to Dr. Martin Luther King by the ‘King Dream Chorus,’ which consisted of Whitney Houston, Fat Boys, Teena Marie, Kurtis Blow, New Edition, among other R&B and hip-hop royalty of the 80’s.
Below has been dubbed as one of Dr. King’s most profound speeches – ‘I Have A Dream.’
As we countdown to the end of the presidential era of Barack Obama (the first minority president ever elected to the highest office), we would be remiss if we did not mention that there probably have been no President Barack Obama sitting in the Oval Office of the White House if there were no Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King, may your legacy live on forever!