By Quan Lathan
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia. He was one of the most well-known figures in history, especially in the African-American civil rights movement. Many people remember him by the actions he took to stand up against the injustice that was occurring in our country at the time, as he used non-violent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
One of the most notable events that he was a part of was the March on Washington that took place at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, where Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Due to his actions, just days after his assassination, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act) prohibiting discrimination against people of different races, backgrounds and/or religious beliefs.
In the United States, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday of January to commemorate all of Dr. King’s accomplishments. The holiday was officially created at the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, when President Ronald Reagan signed the bill, making MLK Day a permanent federal holiday.