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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor born on January 15, 1929 and led the African American Civil Rights Movement. In the early stages of his career, Martin Luther King Jr. became a civil rights activist. When an African American woman (Rosa Parks) was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white person, Martin Luther King Jr. led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.

He also helped with the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 and was its first president. Dr. King helped organize nonviolent protests and gave speeches for police brutality which got nation wide news coverage. During the protests Dr. King was included in a mass arrest of peaceful protestors, and was sentenced to 45 days in jail or a $178 fine (he declined to pay the fine).

Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the leaders for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. John F. Kennedy was worried there would be less than 100,000 people attending and asked for additional church leaders and the UAW union to help the cause.

The march made important demands to end racial segregation in public schools, pass laws prohibiting racial discrimination in employment and a minimum wage for all workers. More than 250,000 people attended and during that time was the largest gathering of protesters in Washington, DC. history.

This is also when King gave his famous 17­minute "I Have a Dream" speech. During his speech King diverted from his writings and gave his most famous passage. Possibly from the influence of Mahalia Jackson who stood behind him and yelled "Tell them about the dream!"

On April 4, 1968, a shot was fired by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee as King was standing on his motel's room balcony floor and Martin Luther King Jr. died at the age of 39 years old. On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill making it a federal holiday to honor King. On January 20, 1986, it was changed to be known as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Remember the history behind this holiday and the real reason why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to all!

Tom

Tom is an admin at CashCrate who helps with Social Media, Support, and other things as well. Say hello to Tom on the Forum too.

Comments

  • April 01, 2015 9:51am
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  • March 03, 2015 2:04am
    Thanks Tom for this informative part of the history, cause you make the new generation to be familiar with; Who was Martin Luther King?
  • February 05, 2015 4:08pm
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  • January 15, 2015 3:36pm
    This was very interesting. Thanks!
  • January 14, 2015 11:24pm
    interesting.
  • January 14, 2015 7:04pm
    Sup tom. Thanks for posting this. It shows that you care instead of copying and pasting words.
  • January 14, 2015 9:38am
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  • January 14, 2015 12:39am
    Hi Tom! Thank you for the very insightful information! And thanks for caring!
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