Holiday Honors Memory Of Civil Rights Leader

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo credit: Marion S. Trikosko)

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo credit: Marion S. Trikosko)

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday marking the birthday of the famed civil rights leader. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929, but the holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year.

King gave his most famous speech on Aug. 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’” King said in one of the speech’s most famous lines.

You can read the full text of King’s speech at  and listen to a recording of it at the Internet Archive.

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