Sunday, January 20, 2008
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered!!!
The United States observed the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the first time on this day in 1986. It was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1983. Born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, King attended Morehouse College where the college president, Dr. Benjamin Mays, had such an impact on his life he influenced him to study for the ministry after graduation. King later graduated from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PA, and earned a doctorate of philosophy degree from Boston University in 1955. Through his advocacy of nonviolence, beginning with the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and countless marches and speeches, the Baptist minister and world renowned civil rights leader led a group of Atlanta ministers to form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). His life's work made an indelible mark in world history. In 1964, Dr. King became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Let's all pause and remember and great man and his legacy.