Monday, 18 January 2021 is recognised as the Martin Luther King Day 2021 in the United States. Every year the third Monday of January is recognised as the Martin Luther King Day.
WHO IS MARTIN LUTHER KING?
“The time is always right to do what is right.”- Martin Luther King
Martin Luther, an expectant man, was born on 15 January 1929, in Atlanta, USA. He invested all his life to fight a war of colour. Racialism had hit him hard, but the struggles in life always strengthened him to overcome all odds. Luther dreamt about the United States, to be a place where a person is recognised by his skills and not by the colour of his skin. He walked on the footsteps of Gandhi and adhered to non-violence throughout his life even after the violent attacks of the racists. 1964 is marked as the victory of Martin Luther King. It was this year when President Johanson passed a law that prohibited all racial discrimination. His inspirational speech “I have a dream” is still adored by all. The world lost one of its gems in 1968 when Mr Martin was murdered by a white racist.
A social activist and Baptist minister, Martin Luther King, was honoured by plenty of awards. All these achievements are cherished on the Martin Luther King Day. He was the youngest person to get the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. From Grammy Hall Of Fame to Margaret Sanger Award his work was recognised by everyone. Here is a list of awards that Martin Luther received:
- Nobel Peace Prize-1964
- Grammy Hall of Fame-2012
- Presidential Medal of Freedom-1977
- Congressional Gold Medal-2004
- Grammy Award for Best Spoken Album-1971
- Spingarn Medal-1957
- Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding-1966
- Margaret Sanger Awards-1966
- Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction-1959
WHY WE CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
Martin Luther King rang a bell in every person’s mind that we all should anticipate for a better tomorrow. In 1955 this was the only day recognised as a federal holiday in the United States. But, the teachings of Luther transformed this federal holiday into a day of service while remembering his wisdom. Martin Luther King Day, 2021 was embarked, “as a day on, not a day off”. When some school and colleges are closed, most remain open to embodying the teachings of this great man amongst the broods. This day is celebrated to empower the equality, liberty and happiness of life. Over the years, we have observed that many pupils volunteer in the citizen action groups on this day. This is embarking equality and freedom in the States.
WHY Martin Luther King Day 2021 IS SPECIAL?
Martin Luther King Day 2021 was celebrated just after a week of chaos that humiliated democracy in the United States. We often ask what would have King done if he were here. But we barely, recollect his words when it is most needed. The ear that just paused by has left us broken. The brutal death of Breonna Taylor has left people around the globe shivered. Even the king would have cried if he had seen this abysmal incident. So, Martin Luther King Day 2021 would certainly be a day where we all regret the destructions that we are causing to mankind in the name of the colour. We certainly can’t let the hard-work of Luther go in drain. His blood has built an equal nation were all blacks and whites walk shoulder to shoulder. We can’t let his blood drain as debris. We don’t want to come back to square one. The teachings of Martin Luther King are still fresh in our hearts. This was very well evident by the unity the world showcased to condemn the disgraceful act of the police. A man like him can’t die from the hearts of the citizen.
Martin Luther King was an orator. In most of his speeches, he spoke something that could win hearts. His words always light up our path with hope and give us ample courage to stand up every time we fall. His words are so heart touching and relevant in today’s time that they inspire us each time we read them. Which day better than Martin Luther King Day 2021 can be better to treasure his words again? Here are some of his quotes we all love.
- “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
- “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose finite hope”
- “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him”
- “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”