"It's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day"
Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King
Public DomainMartin Luther King and Coretta Scott King - Credit: Herman Hiller

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.

These words embody the ideology of Martin Luther King, Jr, who played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement in the US, as a clergyman, activist and leader.  For his work to end racial segregation and discrimination, he was awarded a Nobel Prize. On 28 August 1963, King made one of the most famous speeches ever heard - known as the 'I have a dream' speech - laying out a vision for a nonracial and just society in the U.S.A and beyond.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Public DomainMartin Luther King, Jr. - Credit: O. Fernandez

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Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated in 1968.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday in January (close to his birthday, 15 January).  It was signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1983, but resisted by many states, only being fully recognized across the nation in 2000.