From New York to Los Angeles and the thousands of country miles between, Americans are finding ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. today. But when all the MLK Jr. Day parades and events are over and the sun has set on the federal holiday, we should continue honoring this Civil Rights icon in our daily lives. And we can do that simply by actively working to achieve our goals.
Between the Civil Rights Act’s creation in 1957 and the Rev.’s tragic death in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. made a life’s worth of impact. In those 11 years, he traveled 6 million miles, delivered 2,500 speeches, authored 5 books, and touched countless lives in American and around the world. He became one of the foremost faces in the Civil Rights Movement, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and an inspirational figure who is still celebrated as one of the greatest Americans of all time.
Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we challenge you to follow in this icon’s footsteps by doing everything you can to pursue your goals and dreams. And if you’re looking for a good read, try A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.