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Why We Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Video)

If you haven’t seen it yet, the MLK Memorial is a fantastic shrine to a great man – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See the above video from the Smithsonian.

From the Raleigh, NC MLK Holiday Committee:

Between 1955 and 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. helped change America. He brought to the world’s attention how unfairly blacks were treated. He had the help of millions of Americans, but his strong leadership and unprecedented power of speech gave people the faith and courage to keep working peacefully even when others did not. This led to new laws that ended the practice of keeping people of different backgrounds apart, making life fairer for everyone.

America will always remember the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, on the third Monday in January, we celebrate his birthday. This is the first national holiday to honor an individual black American. The legacy of Dr. King lives in each of us and we are responsible to promote, teach and live the American Dream.

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