Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American clergy, activist, and civil rights leader. He was a Baptist minister. He organized several nonviolent Protests. Dr. King was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. He received a Nobel Peace prize in 1964 for his work combating racial inequality through nonviolence.
Posthumously Dr. King received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a national holiday 1986.
Saturday, January 19th, people from all over the country including the President and the First Lady will be participating in the National Day of Service. It's a day to put politics aside, give back to our communities, and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by following his example.
Locally there will be many hands on activities at the Charles H Wright museum in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King. Detroit Medical Center (DMC) will be celebrating King’s birthday in a commemorative service Monday January 21, 2013 11 – Noon. DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital will have guest speaker, Pastor Solomon Kinloch Jr. of Triumph Church along with a special presentation by internationally renowned poet Jessica Care Moore. The celebratory event will take place on the ground floor auditorium with free parking and free boxed lunches for the first one hundred people.