Americans honor the civil rights activist on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15, 1929.
Dr. King 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.
“It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems”, said DuShun Scarbrough, Arkansas Martin Luther King Commission Executive Director.
“We acknowledge this historical day on Monday, January 19, 2015. The AMLKC is holding the Celebratory Component of “A Day of Service. A Day On, Not A Day Off” in Benton.” said Scarbrough.
“The mission of the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is to ensure that Dr. King and his legacy are not relegated to the third Monday of January, the designated federal holiday, but that each day all Arkansans strive to “Promote racial harmony; understanding; community service, respect and goodwill among all citizens,” said Scarbrough.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., never backed down in his stand against racism. He dedicated his life to achieving equality and justice for all Americans of all colors. King believed that peaceful refusal to obey unjust law was the best way to bring about social change.
Segregation was both law and custom in the South and other parts of America.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. during the “March on Washington.” There, he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech, which boosted public support for civil rights. He is considered one of the greatest speakers in American history.
In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial segregation in publicly-owned facilities.
He received the Nobel Prize for Peace from Gunnar Jahn, president of the Nobel Prize Committee, in Oslo on December 10, 1964.
King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.
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