Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
I am delighted to invite you to join Holiday on the Net’s celebration of this great man and of the civil rights movement as a whole. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as excited for this January holiday as I am in 2009.
That’s because just one day after we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., we will see the first African American president of the United Sates sworn into office. I don’t think there is any more fitting testament to King’s legacy than the election of President Barack Obama. “I have a dream” indeed!
I welcome you to spend the next few days learning more about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal and political history. You can also reconnect with the story of Rosa Parks, the black seamstress who refused to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Read and listen to the words of King’s still inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. And learn about the Act signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Regan, designating the third Monday in January as a national holiday honoring America’s greatest civil rights leader — 15 years after his assassination. Be sure to stop by our newest feature, Did You Know?, where we have a 25 year retrospective on the most significant milestones in the history of the Civil Rights movement.
Finally, share the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sending out e-greeting cards to your friends and colleagues or by printing out MLK coloring pages to enjoy with your children. I look forward to seeing you at Holidays on the Net!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated Monday January 19, 2009.
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