Honor King's Legacy

Honor King's legacy.


Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His birthday — which actually is Jan. 15 — is a national holiday, though not observed in the same sense as such days as Labor Day and Memorial Day.

The theme for observing Martin Luther King Day is taken from King's legacy, which was deeply rooted in working for others.

From the late 1950s until his assassination in 1968, King led marches and made speeches throughout racially segregated America, seeking equal rights for blacks.

His dream, so eloquently elaborated on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, was for an America free of racial prejudice. His life was undeniably dedicated not only to equal rights, but also to service to others. On the day he was assassinated, King was in Memphis, Tenn., to bolster the hopes of the city's striking garbage workers.

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