Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about Martin Luther King &
the Civil Rights Movement
Jan. 11 : 07 Days to MLK Day
Did you know that in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas?
They were sent to enforce the Supreme Court ruling of three years earlier, which had declared segregated schools as unconstitutional. The troops were assigned to protect the rights of nine black students attempting to attend Central High School.
Did you know that in 1960, the first sit-in of a lunch counter was launched by black college students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College?
This form of non-violent protest quickly spread throughout the South.
Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.
Join us for our look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 18, 2010.