Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and
banks in the U.S. close in celebration of the birth, the life and the
dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1964, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace
Prize. He was the youngest person at the time to receive the award,
given for his efforts to end racial discrimination and segregation
using nonviolent means.
Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and
urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming
together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans will remember Dr. King by
participating in service projects in their communities, according to
the MLK Day of Service website, which promotes the holiday as
“A day On, not a day Off."
Negro Revolution, 1963
Just as lightning makes no sound until it strikes, the Negro Revolution
generated quietly. But when it struck, the revealing flash of its power
and the impact of its sincerity and fervor displayed a force of a
frightening intensity. Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse, and
deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk in Washington, DC is an
annual event that includes marching bands, community organizations,
businesses, government officials and agencies, as well as celebrities
who lead the procession.
This year’s Peace Walk will begin at 10:00am on January 16 at
2500 MLK Ave SE and end at the R.I.S.E Center at 2730 MLK Ave SE.
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Luther King, Jr.
and his wife Coretta Scott King lead a black voting rights march in
Selma, Alabama, 1965
Luther King Jr. Dream poster