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US Martin Luther King Jr. Day: How America is honoring the civil-rights hero

07:40  20 january  2020
07:40  20 january  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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San Antonio honors Martin Luther King Jr .’s legacy with 33rd official march on Monday at 10 a.m. Considered one of the largest observances in the nation, drawing estimated crowds of over 100,000 people, the march caps off DreamWeek, a 16- day celebration that honors King , promoting 19 and features floats, high school bands and drill teams and participants from colleges, churches, and more. Pennsylvania. The Penn State community will honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr . during the 35th annual MLK Commemoration at University Park, with events on Jan.

Martin Luther King saw how badly black people were treated and during the 1950s he became involved in the Civil Rights movement. In 1955 a black woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested because she didn’t give up her seat to a white person on a bus. This incident made many blacks angry .They In his later life, Martin Luther King found out that not all blacks wanted to fight for equal rights the way he did. Some groups became aggressive and used violence. They used the slogan “Black Power”. King also fought against poverty. He said that there were too many rich people in America and that the

All over the country, scores of people will gather to honor one of America's most prolific civil rights heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on his birthday.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his I Have a Dream speech to huge crowd gathered for the Mall in Washington DC during the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom (aka the Freedom March).  (Photo by Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)© Photo by Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his I Have a Dream speech to huge crowd gathered for the Mall in Washington DC during the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom (aka the Freedom March). (Photo by Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

King, who would have turned 91 on Jan. 15, is regarded for championing equal rights for African Americans through organized boycotts and rallies as well as by encouraging non-violent protests such as the one in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. Perhaps most famously, King led the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his poignant "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

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A United States federal statute honoring Martin Luther King Jr . and his work in the civil rights movement with a federal holiday was enacted by the 98th United States Congress and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on November 2, 1983, creating Martin Luther King Jr . Day .

Martin Luther King , Jr . was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans , the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.

Here are how some cities are paying tribute to King's legacy.

New York City

The Brooklyn Academy of Music will hold its 34th annual tribute on Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A BAM tradition since 1990, the celebration is New York City’s largest public tribute to King’s life and vision, according to the Brooklyn institution.

Harlem, N.Y.

Harlem Gospel Choir MLK Matinee: Every MLK Day the world-famous singers put on a matinee performance as a way to “share messages of love and inspiration.”

A walking tour of Historic Harlem: This MLK Day, tour the historic neighborhood of Harlem, the center of African American history, culture, and activism. The Big Onion tour group examines the area’s past, from a 17th century Dutch Village to mecca for black Americans. Stops include the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the landmarked Hotel Theresa, and more.

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While Martin Luther King Junior day originated in the United States and is most widely celebrated here, there are a few other countries and cities which also choose to commemorate this day in some way. Day really is one of the most quintessential holidays in the United States as it marks a significant time for African Americans —a time when their voice was finally able to be heard and change began to take place for the better. Martin Luther King , Jr . is honored for good reason; his involvement in progressing the civil rights movements for African Americans and his peaceful guidance towards

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San Antonio

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San Diego

The 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade,  organized by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity-- the oldest African American fraternity in the U.S. of which King was a member-- is held on Jan. 19 and features floats, high school bands and drill teams and participants from colleges, churches, and more.

Pennsylvania

The Penn State community will honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during the 35th annual MLK Commemoration at University Park, with events on Jan. 20 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — and during the month of January.The student-led, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee will present the Evening Celebration for the 35th annual MLK Jr. Commemoration Week at University Park, featuring speakers Symone D. Sanders and Bakari Sellers, on Jan. 22.

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Dr King , whose birthday is marked by a federal holiday, is held as a US hero . At Wednesday evening's Memphis event, one of the Nobel Laureate's sons, Martin Luther King III, said dramatic progress had been made in race relations, but America was nowhere near where it needed to be. The young, the old, people from here in Memphis and across the country have come to honour the civil rights icon. The line outside the National Civil Rights Museum that is housed inside the motel, stretches with people eager for knowledge of his life and death. They are also here to recommit themselves to

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Washington DC

MLK Day film program: The Kennedy Center honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with a double feature of films drawn from the writings of James Baldwin, an American novelist, playwright, and activist.

Baltimore

MLK parade: For the 20th time, bands, floats, step teams, honor and color guards, equestrian units, pols and civic leaders will make their way down Baltimore’s Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to honor the preacher, author, activist and Nobel laureate.

Georgia

NAACP Annual Freedom March Parade promotes and encourages strong families and community involvement.

Denver

Eldrin Bell guarded MLK's body for 12 hours after he was killed. Bell will share how those experiences affected him and recall personal anecdotes from his friendship with King after Denver’s 35th annual Marade.

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