Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Journey

Martin Luther King Jr Day is a federal holiday that falls on the third Monday in January. This date is near Dr. King’s birthday, which is actually January 15.

Lorraine Motel – Memphis, TN

April 1968 – Assissantion & First Steps to Honor

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, and just four days later, a Representative from Michigan was already presenting before legislation for a day to commemorate such a leader.

1973 – First state adopted Martin Luther King Day as a state holiday

Becoming a federal holiday was no easy feat, though. Some states accepted Martin Luther King Jr Day as a state holiday before it was a federal holiday. It was a journey that Coretta Scott King and many others embarked on to bring honor to her late husband. Among those on the journey with her to make MLK Day a federal holiday included: President Jimmy Carter, Stevie Wonder, President Ronald Regan, The National Council of Churches, and many more.

November 3, 1983 – MLK becomes a Federal Holiday

President Ronald Reagan officially makes MLK Day a federal holiday. It was marked to be celebrated on the third Monday in January beginning in January of 1986, almost two decades after Martin Luther King Jr had passed.

National Mall – Washington, D.C.

Monuments All Over the U.S.

Indianapolis, IN

The night that MLK was assassinated, the presidential candidate at the time, Robert Kennedy, gave a memorable speech in Indianapolis. The location of this speech is now known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park. The statement was to calm and unity the community here in Indianapolis. Take some time and visit the Landmark for Peace Memorial when you head down to Indianapolis next time.

Washington, D.C.

King is honored in the National Mall. He is only the fourth person who was not a president to being honored in such a way.

Boston, MA

On the Boston University campus, there is a sculpture of doves inspired by the all famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Denver, CO

In City Park, there is a monument called King Pedestal. This monument isn’t just to commemorate MLK, but also to reflect on four other activists.

Fresno, CA

This statue was unveiled on what would have been King’s 80th birthday. It shows him in his ministerial robe holding a child to symbolize the tenderness and care for future generations. The statue sits in the Peace Garden at California State University, Fresno.

San Fransisco, CA

Beautiful waterfalls cascade over 12 glass panels set in granite. Each panel has memorable quotes from MLK. This monument sits at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Seattle, WA

This sculpture was inspired by King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” which was given just a handful of days before King’s assassination. This memorial can be seen in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, which spreads nearly 5- acres.

Austin, TX

Dr. Kings is represented in his doctoral robe in this statue. It suites it’s location perfect. The status is in honor of this wonderful Civil Rights leaders right at the heart of the University of Texas, Austin campus.

New York, New York

This sculpture is different than the rest. It is a cube featuring different quotes in various fonts. It also marks key dates from King’s real quest for equality for everyone.

Last on this tour but not least…

Atlanta, GA

At the King Center right near King’s childhood home lies the Dr. & Mrs. Kings Crypt. This, combined with a reflecting pool and Eternal Flame, is at the entrance to The Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

 

 

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For more information about Unique MLK Memorials Across the U.S., follow the link.