Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy 80th Birthday, Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King, the most celebrated leader of the black civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, was born Jan. 15, 1929, and would have turned 80 years old today had he survived to this date. He was 39 when he was assassinated by a gunman in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.

The annual federal holiday honoring Dr. King is next Monday, January 19th, the day before Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States.
It wasn't in his lifetime that a black man would be elected President, but I'm certainly glad that others who marched with him are alive to see this incredible history take place.

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