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MedPro International Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MedPro International Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

−Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963, where he delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives

This Monday, January 15, the United States commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a tribute to the life and contributions of this esteemed American Civil Rights leader. Dr. King emerged as a prominent figure in the 1950s, advocating for nonviolent resistance against systemic racism. His influential teachings and unwavering commitment to justice have left an enduring legacy, making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a time to reflect on the profound impact of his work and the continuing fight for freedom and equality.

As a Baptist minister, Dr. King spearheaded numerous demonstrations that sparked significant legislative transformations in the United States. His leadership played a pivotal role in enacting crucial laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. However, his impact extended far beyond U.S. borders. Dr. King’s influential work left an indelible mark on international human rights, contributing to the adoption of the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Most know Dr. King for his “I Have a Dream” speech, which was named the greatest speech of the 20th century. Though Dr. King’s life was cut short by an assassin in 1968, his list of accomplishments is long and storied and a testament to the notion that one person can change the world.

 

Among his accomplishments:
  • 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner 1964
  • Earned two graduate degrees – Theology and Philosophy
  • Received over 50 honorary degrees
  • 1963 Time magazine’s “Man of the Year”
  • Authored 6 books
  • Spoke at over 2,500 events

 

President Ronald Reagan signed the bill making Martin Luther King Jr. Day law in November 1983, and the first King holiday was celebrated in 1986. MLK Day was recognized as a state holiday by all 50 states by 2000. In 2011, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was opened to the public.

MLK Day is considered an official day of service and is one of eleven U.S. federal holidays. Non-essential federal government offices are closed along with state and city government offices, schools, libraries, banks, and U.S. Postal offices and delivery. Many cities host MLK Day celebrations and parades.

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