Wednesday, January 16, 2008

15th January - Dr. Martin Luther King Day

"Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968), was one of
the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. A Baptist
minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his
career, leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helping to found the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His efforts led to the 1963
March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech,
raising public consciousness of the civil rights movement and
establishing King as one of the greatest orators in American history. In
1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize
for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through
civil disobedience and other non-violent means.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was
posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President
Jimmy Carter in 1977. Martin Luther King Day was established as a
national holiday in the United States in 1986. In 2004, King was
posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal."(thanks to Wikipedia)

"I Have a Dream":

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