Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed

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Statesman-Examiner
Staff Writer

On Monday, Americans remembered and reflected on the life of a man who stood up for his rights and the rights of millions of American citizens.
Martin Luther King, Jr., ultimately lost his life fighting for the rights of black Americans, and his courage is celebrated every year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
In Northeast Washington, the day was observed through school, government and bank closures.
King was a Baptist minister and a social rights activist who helped shape the American Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
He seemed destined for greatness at an early age and studied medicine and law at Morehouse College. However, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and make a career out of his beliefs and religion.
According to History.com, King entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree, won a prestigious fellowship and was elected president of his predominantly white senior class.
Spurred on by social unrest and racial discrimination, King’s theology began to intertwine with his advocacy for the black American population. His style was peaceful protest, including boycotts, marches and empowered speeches. His ideals reflected his Christianity, while his operational techniques stemmed from Gandhi. King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action. In addition, King authored five books and numerous articles.
King is perhaps best known for his historic March on Washington, which drew more than 200,000 people to Lincoln Memorial. The location was symbolic, as former president Abraham Lincoln also was an advocate for blacks living in the United States.
It was there that King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, emphasizing his belief that someday all men could be brothers.

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