Every year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday of January. Today marks another year of acceptance, love, and peace among all races. The importance that MLK Jr. had on the world will never be forgotten, and since we’re celebrating a man who died 51 years ago, it’s very clear that he hasn’t. The 2019 Martin Luther King Day will mark the 36th anniversary of the introduction of the holiday.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born in the city of Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. This date would later become important as it is a part of the same week we celebrate his national holiday. What important, though, isn’t that we get a day off to relax at home, it’s that we remember what great things MLK has done for our country.
It was MLK who said, “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” Who would have guessed that one day, this dream would come true? Simply because of one man’s brave actions and a noble sacrifice, black men and women can live alongside white men and women with all of the same rights. While America in 2017 is still not completely without prejudice, MLK has paved the way for the freedoms that millions of American citizens now have.
At the age of 39, he died in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th, 1968. Standing outside of his motel, he was shot and killed by James Earl Ray, a man who was against the union of the two races. James Earl Ray was sentenced to a life in prison where he died in 1998.
To say that Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man is an understatement. He fought for what he believed in, and that’s enough to make any man successful. What made MLK unique was that, despite the backlash, he never stopped fighting peacefully. He refused to hate, and he loved every single person on this planet. Rest in peace to America’s greatest hero. We’ll never forget your sacrifice.