United States of America: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016.

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United States of America: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016.

Monday, January 18th, 2016 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929, was a Baptist minister, and was a social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.

Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and victims of injustice through peaceful protest.

Martin Luther King Jr. was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, District of Columbia, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28th, 1963, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a United States’ federal holiday since 1986.

Parades and service projects will be held across the United States of America to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

In Washington, District of Columbia, Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) Director James Comey will lay a wreath at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at 9:00am ET.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located at 1964 Independence Avenue; which the address is a direct reference to the Civil Rights Act.

In Los Angeles, California, the Kingdom Day Parade, the nation’s biggest celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., will be held starting at 10:15am PT at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Arlington Avenue.

Many communities will be giving back to their community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. caring for all people.

May we always keep the dream alive that Martin Luther King Jr. and so many people worked hard for.

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