Day 18 Martin Luther King Day

This day honours the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr which is the 15th January but is celebrated on the third Monday of January. Martin Luther King Day (MLK Day) is a holiday in the United States of America to remember everything that he achieved for the Civil Rights Movement.

Martin Luther King, Jr born on 15th January 1929 in Georgia, USA, during the times when the law enforced the segregation of white people and black people. This segregation meant that they were to use different toilets and buses, even go to different schools.

Dr. King hoped that people would live in harmony while being treated as equals. He worked endlessly for the Civil Rights Movement, fighting for the his dream with peaceful protests after being inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. Leading and participating in many protests for basic rights of black people. In 1963, over 250,000 people congregated in Washington to hear his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. A year later a law passed prohibiting discrimination, which ended segregation and stopped employment discrimination. Dr. King then received the Nobel Peace Prize which he donated to the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Memphis.

Lorraine Motel, Memphis when I visited in 2017.

I have bought an olive tree to honour MLK Day to symbolise growth. I specifically picked an olive tree as they are a symbol of peace, friendship and hope. We all should celebrate this day! Do your research, look at all the hardwork the Civil Rights Movement have done and all their accomplishments. Plant a tree to honour MLK Day to symbolise growth.

Have a nice day!

Chloé

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