Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about Martin Luther King &
the Civil Rights Movement
Jan. 12 : 05 Days to MLK Day
Did you know that on June 12, 1963, Medgar Evers, a field secretary for the National Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was shot in the back on his way home from a meeting?
Evers was the first of many prominent civil rights activists assassinated by segregationists in the 1960s. Evers’ death motivated President Kennedy to call on Congress to pass a comprehensive civil-rights bill.
Did you know that in August, 1963, two months after Evers’ assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. led more than a quarter of a million people in the March on Washington for Civil Rights?
The march culminated with King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Did you know that in November of that same year, President Kennedy was assassinated?
After Kennedy’s death the Civil Rights Movement was left in a state of shock and desperation.
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 17, 2011.