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Monday 16 January 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, observed on the third Monday of January, is the holiday, marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr (which was on January, 15), an outstanding civil rights activist, an influential leader of the movement against racial segregation in the United States. It is a relatively young American holiday.
Promoted by trade and labor unions after King’s death in 1968, long-lasting campaign for the federal holiday ended with signing the holiday into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. As a federal holiday it was first observed three years later.
Despite some critics and opposition by 2000 all 50 states hold the celebrations of the holiday at the state level. Utah became the last state to have a holiday named after Dr. King. In some states it is combined with Civil Rights Day (in Arizona, New Hampshire), Human Rights Day (in Idaho), Robert E. Lee’s birthday (in Alabama), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Robert E. Lee’s Birthday (in Arkansas), Martin Luther King’s and Robert E. Lee’s Birthdays (in Mississippi), Martin Luther King, Jr. / Wyoming Equality Day (in Wyoming).
Since Martin Luther King’s Day is a relatively new federal holiday, there are not many settled traditions of the holiday. It is viewed as a day to advance equal rights for all American people. Many schools and universities observe the day by teaching pupils or students about Martin Luther King, his work and his struggle against racism and racial segregation in the United States, thematic seminars are held. In the past few years, Americans are being encouraged by federal legislation to give some of their time on Martin Luther King Day as volunteers in citizen action groups.
Source: state.gov | alabama.gov | arizona.edu | arkansas.gov | idaho.gov | ms.gov | wyo.gov
In 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in USA falls on January 16.
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The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.
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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
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Quotes & Wishes - About hate About hate

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.
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Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
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Quotes & Wishes - An alternative to war... An alternative to war...

Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force... If we assume that life is worth living, if we assume that mankind has the right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war.
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