This week we celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
President Reagan signed legislation establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. The holiday was first observed on January 20, 1986.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an effective and proud champion of nonviolent activism.
Dr. King fought to end racial injustices and was instrumental to one of the most famous civil rights boycotts in our nation’s history—the Montgomery bus boycott which started when Rosa Parks quietly and bravely refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
The boycott changed history, resulting in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that deemed segregation on public buses unconstitutional.
Years later, Dr. King was a key part of the Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with between 200,000 and 300,000 participants.
The march was important in leading to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned segregation and workplace discrimination. At the rally, stationed on top of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.
On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. Nevertheless, Martin Luther King’s powerful voice for freedom and equality still rings loudly over our nation.
Here’s the bottom line: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw the good in this nation and that one day our country would not be divided. Let us work to remember and fulfill his dream not just this week, but every single day.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.