A little history about today,
On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor King. Observed for the first time on January 20, 1986, it is called Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Following President George H. W. Bush's 1992 proclamation, the holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, near the time of King's birthday. On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all fifty U.S. states.
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
"The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false."
"You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression"
"On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And Vanity comes along and asks the question, "Is it popular?" But Conscience asks the question "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right."
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."
"Who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it"
Martin Luther King, Jr.(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)