Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January every year. MLK Jr’s actual birthday is January 15th.
Background on Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
This holiday is considered a “floating holiday,” based on the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This act was designed to increase the number of three-day weekends for federal employees. This Act amended certain federal holidays to be observed on designated Mondays instead of fixed dates.
Considered the Leader of the 20th Century civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated for nonviolence and peaceful protests in order to bring about change in the South and end legal discrimination against African Americans.
Supporters campaigned for a Federal Holiday honoring MLK Jr. soon after his assassination in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and in 2000, for the first time, all 50 states observed the holiday.
Here’s a collection that we have compiled of some of the most powerful Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
CELEBRATE EQUALITY. HAPPY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY!
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