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by collegelife on January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Today, Americans celebrate, honor and observe Martin Luther King Day for his leadership in civil rights.  He was a minister, father, husband and friend to many, especially those looking for civil equalities.

For a man that died a violent death, he was world renowned for being the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation, discrimination, poverty and stopping the Vietnam War.

According to Wikipedia, “At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor King. Observed for the first time on January 20, 1986, it is called Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Following President George H. W. Bush‘s 1992 proclamation, the holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, near the time of King’s birthday”.  However it wasn’t until 2000 that all 50 states recognized the holiday.

Do you have a dream?  Many of King’s dreams have come to fruition, just take a look around your community, campus, dorms, social fraternities and sororities.  Then, compare your observations to when King was living, America has come a long way, all the way to the White House.

Enjoy this day, it’s your last day off for a while.  For many of you, classes begin tomorrow for the spring semester or quarter.  As we start the new term, we can  be thankful for the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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