“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’” This was once said on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by a famous civil rights leader known as Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was a Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and civil rights leader who championed justice and equality. Dr. King was also a great advocate of change through non-violent civil actions based on his Christian values. He was a great speaker, and his powerful words resonate with us today. On Monday, January 15th, students will have a day off to pay tribute to Dr. King’s principles, and honor his famous speech “I Have a Dream”.
This day has been a federal holiday since 1986, meaning that it is a day off for federal employees, as well as many schools. Americans are encouraged to observe this day as just not a day of school/work but also a “Day of Service” to others with appropriate civic, community, and service projects.