Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day dukes!

You’re probably excited to have the day off from classes, but let’s also take a minute to reflect on who we’re honoring this holiday and why: 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

Martin Luther King Jr. was a key nonviolent activist leader during the Civil Rights Movement and is the only American to have a holiday celebrating his birthday. At age 35, he was the youngest person to win with the Nobel Peace Prize and has been honored with numerous additional awards. MLK day was first observed by all 50 states in 2000 and aims to promote equal rights for citizens across the country, regardless of background. To get involved and celebrate the holiday here at James Madison University, check out the events on campus this week.

Dr. King was a brilliant man with many accomplishments and awards, but his lasting impact and vision is what he is truly remembered for. Here are a few quotes describing his beliefs and explaining why he fought so hard to make the world a better place:

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Photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. LC-DIG-ppmsc-01269 Source: Library of Congress

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

 

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

 

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” 

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Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. at 1963 March on Washington by USIA (NARA)

 

  “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

 

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”  

 

 

 

 

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