Monday, January 16, 2006
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
'A man without borders'
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, first observed on Jan. 20, 1986. Yesterday (Jan. 15) would have been King's 77th birthday. Millions of Americans are remembering the civil rights leader and human right advocate over this long holiday weekend.
King was a husband, a father, and a preacher. He was also the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world. One of the twentieth century's most influential men, he lived an extraordinary life.
To view a timeline of milestones in King's life, as well as a photo gallery, click here.
To truly understand King, this writer believes that one should read his writings. The King Estate has copyrighted his works. However, selected examples of his writings may be viewed online. Among them - the address King delivered in acceptance of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. The King Papers Project is housed at Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
Journalists, historians, legislators and community leaders continue to examine whether King's appeal for peace with justice is as relevant today as it was when he was alive. The Houston Chronicle attempts to place King's philosophy into present-day perspective in an editorial, titled A man without borders.
At the height of his advocacy for civil and human rights, King was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39.
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