Martin Luther King Jr was a brilliant man who cared about the proper treatment and respect for all people. As we all begin to look forward to a day off from work and school this Monday let us remember what it is actually for. It is not just a holiday it is supposed to be a day of service and remembrance. We remember and pay tribute to someone who fought injustice and discrimination with no fear.

As an American Baptist and strong and visible activist during the Civil Rights Movement. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1957 and became the very first President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He organized the iconic march in Washington where he gave his most memorable work the I Have a Dream Speech. He moved in to nonviolent ways of protest and took ideas from Mahatma Gandhi himself.

Later in life he was honoured for his work by receiving a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in combating racial inequalities through nonviolent forms of resistance and protest. King received this honour six months after his death sadly. A man of integrity and vision was assassinated in cold blood byJames Earl Ray on April 4th, 1968. Right before his assassination King was in the process of organizing the Poor Peoples Campaign. A campaign dedicated to fighting economic inequalities for lower income families and those of minority groups primarily African-Americans. Sadly, it couldn’t be finished due to King’s death but his message, policy, and legacy lives on.

Martin Luther King Jr. received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal later after his death. This holiday began in 1971 amongst various states and was enacted in Federal law and signed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1968. Now coming up to the day let us remember it is not just a holiday it is a day to remember a great man, a great policy, and someone who knew the only way to eradicate inequality and racism is to fight it head on.

Happy Martin Luther King Day, we thank you Mr. King.