Liberty Recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 11, 2007 - New York, NY A man who was not afraid to be someone different, not afraid to stand tall in the crowd, a man who challenged American society; this man is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our country was so proud of his accomplishments that we made a national holiday to commemorate him.

On the third Monday in January every year we get a day off of work or school to take a moment from our busy schedules to commemorate a person who ultimately gave his life to lay the ground work for the society we live in today. A Liberty legend Kym Hampton said, “I think it’s great that families, organizations, schools – everyone – celebrate Martin Luther King Day. It is especially important for minority kids to learn that they come from a heritage that they can be proud of and they can make a significant contribution to society.”

January 15th is not only a day that America celebrates Dr. King’s birthday, but also how he converted the thought process of the people of the United States. He started his revolutionary lifestyle by receiving an education, including his doctorate, at Boston University. Then he put his education to work as a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It is with this involvement and his pastoral commitments that Dr. King “traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action; and meanwhile he wrote five books as well as numerous articles” according to the Nobel Peace Prize’s website. Dr. King protested for racial justice. The habits of this country to treat African Americans as less than a citizen was not going to stand any longer in Dr. King’s eyes. He delivered unforgettable speeches and participated in nonviolent rallies, which initiated a change in our country. However, what makes his birthday great enough to make a national holiday is that he truly did spectacular things with his education: he changed the world. We have been celebrating Dr. King’s life since 1983 when President Reagan signed MLK Day into law.

This Monday, join the Liberty and the rest of the country, in commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.