I have a dream...
Monday, January 21, 2013 2:28 AM
"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation." Is the first sentence from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speech on Aug. 28, 1963."I have a dream..." are the famous words from the same speech in which the speech was later titled.
Martin Luther King Day was declared a federal holiday in the United States, in 1983. At that time, all 50 states didn't recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but in 2000, all states names the day a holiday for banks to close and kids to stay home from school.
On unique fact that most people don't know is that Martin Luther King Jr's biological name was actually Michael King Jr. When his father was named Michael King and changed his first name to Martin Luther when he became a minister. The younger Michael changed his name to Martin as well, initially against his father's wishes.
King was only 39 when he passed away, but created a legacy which he will be none by for hundreds of years.
"But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred," Luther finished