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January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

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"I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal", Rev. Martin Luther King, 1968, "March of Washington" Speech

DMLKJanuary 18th. Dr. Martin Luther King would have been 87 years old this year. The civil rights leader, minister, and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was born in 1929 and assassinated in 1968. Today is the national holiday, honoring his memory and life’s work, appropriate in a month that also sees the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

America’s diverse population of some 319 million enjoys the civil rights Dr. King advocated, including around 254 million whites, nearly 46 million African-Americans, about 1.5 million Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, 20 million Asians, and 5.4 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Just over 55 million people in the U.S. population are of Hispanic origin.

Between 1957 and 1968, Dr. King journeyed over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times for the advancement of civil rights. Dr. King captured the attention of the world through his actions and inspired a nation to dream, by sharing his speech found at http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf

 

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