Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King was a Baptist Minister and civil-rights activist and he also headed the SCLC – Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and he was assassinated in April 1968 but is remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history. He is most often referenced by his 1963 speech “I Have a Dream”.

On this day, Sky Head Coach & GM Pokey Chatman and Sky players Tamera Young and Shay Murphy took time to reflect on what Martin Luther King Jr. means to them.

"The beauty of Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatness is that it embodies so many things. His life's work was about equality, love, courage, service, resilience, compassion, unity, strength, hope etc. I could go on and on, but I think his message/body of work was clear and effective. I've been provided with the "opportunity" to achieve my dreams because of his vision, faith and hard work. THANK YOU, Dr. King!"

-Pokey Chatman

"Dr Martin Luther King is a well-known, celebrated hero in America and around the world. To me he is the pioneer of the civil rights movement. He fought for equality and freedom for all men and women and helped remove discrimination and racism in the United States. I will forever respect him and see him as a hero and honor his day.

Because of what Dr. King stood for I am able to live the life I want, where I want, and with who I want. The hard work, dedication and sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King and so many others who fought for civil rights has made the world a better place providing liberty and justice for all those who participate in a democracy."

-Shay Murphy

"Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of celebration in which I am able to give back and serve our community. The prominent civil rights activist was an advocate for equal rights and non-violence and because of that I am where I am today. This is a day to celebrate freedom and remember and recognize the monumental efforts and hard work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. undertook throughout his life to ensure that freedom is not a privilege but a right."

-Tamera Young