What are you doing today?
It’s #MLK day today is a day of service what will you be doing today? Hopefully you’re not just planning on staying home and catching up on your favorite #Netflix show.
If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. - Martin Luther King Jr.
If you came here for a sale... Think again!! I'm not a fan of a "sale in celebration of Dr. Kings legacy" As a black women, I think it's tacky personally!! and most importantly, I think it goes again what Dr. king stood for!
MLK was for Racial Equality, Economic Justice, and stood against the exportation of the poor. He know one day, our nation would rise against bigotry and poverty. For this reason, I encourage you to go out and serve, remember what he was fighting for.... He was not fighting in hopes that one day, we would use today as a day to promote our own agenda.
So, What did you end up doing for MLK Day on the lovely Monday, January 20th, 2020?!
FUN FACTS TIME
About Him / Biography
I went to college at the age of 15!!
He was the youngest person to ever receive a Nobel Peace Prize.
He was a Civil Rights Activist in the 1950s and 1960s - Best known for his role in advancing the Civil Rights Movement and his "I Have a Dream" Speech. His occupation was Civil Right Leader
Born January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA. He would have been 91 years old today -in the year 2020
Died on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis, TN. He died at the young age of 52 years old!
Dr. King hoped that America and the world could become a color-blind society where the race would not impact a person's civil rights.
Dr. King fought for the rights of all people including African Americans.
Dr. King was considered one of the great orators - a public speaker, especially one who is eloquent(Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing) or skilled) of modern time, and his speeches still inspire many to this day.
Dr. Martin Luther King Grew Up?
Born in ATL, Georgia January 15r, 1929 - He went to Booker T Washington High School
He was so smart, he ended up skipping two grades in high school!! How cool is that!
At the young age of only 15!! he started his college education at Morehouse College.
Wait till you hear this one! After getting his degree in sociology from Morehouse, Martin got a divinity degree from Crozer Seminary and then got his doctorate degree in theology from Boston University. He was so ahead of his time!
Dr. King's dad was a preacher - which inspired him to pursue the ministry.
He had both an older sister and a younger brother
In 1953 He married Coretta Scott (Most of us know her as Coretta Scott King) They ended up having four children - Yolanda, Martin, Dexter, and Bernice.
So, How did Dr. King end up getting involved in Civil Rights?
His first mission/major Civil Rights action was, he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
It all started when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She ended up being arrested and spent the night in jail! As a result, Dr. King helped to organize a boycott of the public transportation system in Montgomery, Alabama. The boycott lasted well over a year! It was tense at the time!
Dr. King was arrested and his house was bombed! however, in the end, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prevailed and segregation on the Montgomery buses came to an end.
That famous "I have a dream" Speech Dr. King gave... When did it happen?
It happened in 1963 when Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to organize the famous "March on Washington". Over 250,000 people showed up and supported the mission
Dr. King hoped to accomplish the following: an end to segregation in public schools, protection from police abuse, and to get laws passed that would prevent discrimination in employment.
It was at the March on Washington" Dr. King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The speech has become one of the most famous speeches in history.
The march was a success!! - because the Civil Rights Act was passed a year later in 1964 ( about 56 years ago!)
So... How Did Dr. King end up Dying?!?
For years now, I've always heard this... Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, TN. While standing on the balcony of his hotel, he was shot by some random guy by the name of James Earl Ray
This year, however, it was rumored on social media, that, although he was shot, that's not what actually killed him... What are your thoughts on this?!? Share them in the comments below...
Here are Interesting Facts You likely already know!
Dr. King was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 - That was about 56 years ago, as of today
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -A.K.A., today, is a national holiday
At the premiere of gone with the wind... He sang a song alongside his church choir
730, That's how many streets in the United States (US) are named after Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mohandas Gandhi who taught people to protest in a non-violent manner was one of his main influences.
He received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal!!
His original birth certificate had his name listed incorrectly as Michael King.
Nowadays, a lot of people refer to him as MLK or Dr. King.
Did you learn anything new from this post?
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