Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day is a United States Federal Holiday observed on the third Monday of every January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and racial equality.

The old adage “A picture worth a thousand words” rings true as evidenced by this famous photo of Dr. King and a German Shepherd police dog. Dr. King was arrested in June 1964 and placed in the back of a police car. A police dog was placed inside the car with him to intimidate Dr. King, but instead, the dog lowered his ears, softened his eyes and appears to lean on Dr. King. Many witnesses said the pair “became fast friends.”

On Nov. 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill marking the third Monday of January, as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” ― MLK

*Dr. King’s actual birthday is January 15th 1929.

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