Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

by Staff Reporter / Jan 15, 2018 / comments
Courtesy image

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, Monday Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dr. King was known around the world as a leader in the American Civil rights movement. He was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. According to Wikipedia, the campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

There is a special event commemorating Dr. King’s legacy today in Espanola at the McCurdy Ministries Community Center 362 McCurdy Road, starting at 10 a.m.

The New Mexico Humanities Council, in cooperation with the McCurdy Ministries will be hosting a public celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and a discussion of the legacy of African Americans in New Mexico on Monday, January 15, 2018 10:00 a.m.

Click HERE for more details of this event.