Monday January 21, 2019 0 comments
LOVELAND -- InnovatioNews is not posting news today, Monday, Jan. 21, in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
King, who was actually born Jan. 15, 1929, was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 at the age of 39. His birthday is now a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January.
King was a religious leader and civil rights activist who inspired a nation in the 1960s and whose work led to the Civil Rights Act passed by Congress in 1964 and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.
Also in 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent approach in working to help secure equal rights for all American citizens.
While much progress has been made since King’s death in achieving the goal of equal rights for all, much still remains to be accomplished.
Observing King’s birthday every January is this nation’s attempt to create a more tolerant, respectful and color-blind society.
To hear a portion of King's "I Have a Dream" speech delivered in 1963, click here.