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Monday, January 16, 2017

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Today we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday to honor the civil rights leader. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it."

HINT: (1809-1865), sometimes called the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator. First republican President.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

In 1983, Congress passed a federal holiday honoring King. The day is celebrated on the third Monday in January.

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His birth name is Michael Luther King Jr. but he was later renamed Martin and his father called him M.L.

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Martin was so intelligent he skipped the 9th and 12th grades and entered Morehouse College when he was 15.

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The "Big Six" organizers were James Farmer, of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); Martin Luther King, Jr., of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); John Lewis, of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); A. Philip Randolph, of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; Roy Wilkins, of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and Whitney Young, Jr., of the National Urban League.

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered this speech on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Washington, D.C., Lincoln Memorial during the march on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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On Apr. 4, 1968, he was shot and killed as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. James Earl Ray, a career criminal, pleaded guilty to the murder and was convicted, but he soon recanted, claiming he was duped into his plea.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it."

ANSWER: Abraham Lincoln

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