January 15, 2012 by The ReadyWriter
Tomorrow we observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It is a federal and state holiday and Post offices will be closed; there will be no regular mail delivery, state and local government offices will be closed as well, and banks and public schools have the option to close.
To commemorate the King holiday, people have converged on King’s monument in Washington, DC., but I’m hoping that people will remember his message, not the monument. In the meantime, President Barack and Michelle Obama are calling on the American people to volunteer their services.
Churches all over the world will have services today and tomorrow, remembering King as a civil rights activist who changed the course of history for racial equality in the United States.
In 1963 King helped organize the March on Washington, an assembly of more than 200,000 protestors at which he made his famous “I have a dream” speech. The march influenced the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was born January 15, 1929 and his holiday is observed every third Monday in January.
So what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?