Today in the U.S. is the celebration of the Federal holiday Martin Luther King Jr. Day. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. Some states resisted observing the holiday, but it was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. It is a floating holiday that conforms to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which went into effect in 1971. King’s actual birthday is January 15th but it is observed on the third Monday of January.
As a brief observance of the day I wanted publish a portion of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” for which is so well known.
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
Two powerful lines that we can only hope we can live up to.