Monday, January 20, 2014

Great writer, greater man

According to The King Center, “Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Nobel Peace Prize lecture, and ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ are among the most revered orations and writings in the English language.”

I agree.

Apparently, academics and textbook writers agree, too, as the two pieces are studied by American schoolchildren across the country in English class. They are referenced in history class, but the beautiful use of language is studied in English class.

Though he was born on Jan. 15, 1929, today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Why? Well, thanks to thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the federal holiday marking his birthday is celebrated annually on the third Monday in January, That Act of Congress established the observance of certain holidays on Monday.

For example, George Washington’s birthday moved from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in February; Memorial Day moved from May 30 to the last Monday in May; and Columbus Day moved from Oct. 12 the second Monday in February.

Above photo, Martin Luther King Jr. is best known for his leadership of nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s.