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The US Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Today

Jan 17, 2011 8:31:35 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr day. The holiday is celebrated every third Monday of January. This day coincides roughly with King’s birth date, january 15th.

If King were alive today he would be 82 years old. He was shot dead in 1968. King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech was a defining moment in the civil rights movement. Without which Obama would not be sitting in the white house today.

Several parades and events are planned in the US, although authorities are worried about weather conditions disrupting planned activities. Most Americans are encouraged to spend the day in some form of volunteer public service. The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started as a challenge to Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King.