Martin Luther King Jr. Day is right around the corner, occurring on January 18th. Celebrating the life and legacy of a man who changed the world, it is important to take time to remember some of Dr. King’s most important achievements.
According to the King Center, the holiday is designed to commemorate aspects of Dr. King’s philosophies of non-violence, unconditional love, tolerance, and forgiveness. The holiday has been deemed a national “teach-in,” a time of year individuals should learn and teach others about the achievements of this great man.
“On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child,” reads the King Center page. “We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.”
Born in 1929, MLK Jr. became a civil rights activist as early as 1955, leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott and founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Drawing from figures such as Jesus Christ and Mahatma Gandhi, MLK received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in 1968, but his legacy lives on, especially in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
That’s why it is important to take a moment on January 18th to celebrate the life of a man who encouraged racial equality.