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Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at microphones, during anti-war demonstration, New York City, 1967

5 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Rebecca Miller
1/15/2016 • American History Magazine

Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Monday, January 18 — gives us a chance to reflect on one of history’s epic leaders.

Committed to ending African Americans’ status as second-class citizens in their own country, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. advanced the worldwide cause of human rights. In 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

King’s activism was revolutionary: use love and pacifism to create social change. This MLK Day, connect with him and his message of peace and take it out into the world through these five paths:

1. Read His Work

Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech produced many catchphrases, but his other writings have equal power. Check out his “Letter to Coretta”, written in October 1960 from Reidsville State Prison or the text of his speech “Our God is Marching On” which Dr. King delivered on March 25, 1965, from the steps of the Alabama State House after leading thousands on a march from Selma to Alabama’s capital.

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