Martin Luther King Day: Key Facts about the Holiday

January 16, 2017

Due to the fact that the history of Martin Luther King Day is quite lengthy, here we outlined the most important facts that will give you a complete overview of the holiday and its significance for our country.

20 Interesting Facts You Should Know about the Day devoted to Honoring Martin Luther King

  1. Martin Luther King Day is one of the well-known federal holidays. The occasion is celebrated annually on the 3rd Monday of January.
  2. The holiday is intended to honor the birthday of the prominent leader of the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15 is the actual birthday of Dr. King.
  3. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in 1929. His hometown is Atlanta, Georgia.
  4. When he was young, Dr. King experienced racism, which made him fight for the rights of the African-American population for the rest of his life.
  5. Martin Luther King, Jr., is famous for choosing non-violent means to protest against inequality and discrimination in the American society.
  6. On the 28-th of August, in the year 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his most famous speech entitled I Have a Dream in Washington, D.C.
  7. In 1964, Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to ending racism.
  8. The leader of the Civil Rights movement was killed on the 4th of April, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.
  9. A sniper James Earl Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison for Dr. King’s assassination.
  10. Martin Luther King Day reminds people about the dream of Dr. King- the equality, freedom and dignity for all people in the society that is free from social injustice.
  11. The holiday was first introduced by Democrat John Conyers to the Congress in 1968, just 4 days after King’s death.
  12. In 1971, the Congress failed to recognize the holiday despite the fact that there was a petition signed by 3 000 000 people in support of the holiday.
  13. Illinois was the first state that approved the holiday in 1973.
  14. In 1979, the holiday failed to be established on a federal level because Conyers' King Holiday bill lacked five votes.
  15. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation that established federal holiday named Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  16. The first celebration of the following holiday on the federal level was held on the 20-th of January, 1986.
  17. In 1994, the Congress defined the holiday as a national day of service.
  18. January 17, 2011, was the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.
  19. In 2017, an annual celebration of Martin Luther King Day will be on January 16.
  20. Nowadays, Martin Luther King, Jr., is a global symbol of truth and peace.

These facts will help you to find out more about the history of our country. Happy Martin Luther King Day!

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