Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.
Martin Luther King Jr Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January, which this year follows one day after King’s birthday. The holiday was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983, and first observed in 1986.
Resistance to the holiday by some states meant that it was not officially observed in all 50 states until 2000.
Tim Cook tweeted that ‘we honor #MLK by working to help achieve justice and equality,’ and including a quote by King which paraphrased one used by President Calvin Coolidge in a 1925 address, ‘No matter by what various crafts we came here, we are all now in the same boat.’
King’s most famous speech took place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In it, he repeatedly used the phrase ‘I have a dream’ to describe his hope and vision for the future of America.
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