Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Bianca Schnerre, Writer

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated every third Monday of January. Today the 15th is Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorates Dr. King’s life and achievements as an influential American civil rights leader. Dr. King is widely known for advocating nonviolent approaches and leading by example with his nonviolent leadership. Dr. King used the powers of words in his famous In Dr. King’s famous ”I Have a Dream” speech he conveys his ideas and opinions to thousands of people with the power of his words. His achievements are now taught to millions of American children. He is also memorialized around the world in statues, parks, streets, squares, churches, and hundreds of other public facilities.

When Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was being debated on becoming a federal holiday, Stevie Wonder, a very famous American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer, released a song in favor of the idea. The bill previously had not passed, so Mr. Wonder did what he could to change that. In 1983 about two years after his song was released President Ronald Reagan approved the holiday. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated for the first time Stevie Wonder headlined a major concert for the special occasion. In Stevie Wonder’s Lyrics to the song Happy Birthday it states ”I just never understood How a man who died for good Could not have a day that would be set aside for his recognition” clearly advocating for Martin Luther King Jr. and later in the song he also thanks Dr. King.