A day of honoring and service

Olivier Douliery

People holding a picture of Dr. King at a dedication ceremony.

Meilin Liang
January 12, 2012

On Nov. 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill declaring that the third Monday of each January would be celebrated as Martin Luther King Day; this year the holiday lands on Jan 16.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an active leader in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. He believed that everyonez whether it be African-American, Caucasian, Asian, or Hispanic; deserved to have equal rights. Some rights that King fought for include the right to vote, the right to a good education, the right to all public places, and the right to make an honest living.

After the arrest of Rosa Parks, a woman who refused to get off a bus and thus violated the segregation law, Dr. King and his friends organized protests against bus segregation.

“I admire Dr. King for facing an issue that he knew would bring a lot of criticism and hate,” senior Edwin Lao said.

Many people rallied as they refused to ride buses until passengers were completely integrated. This eventually led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a boycott in which Blacks refused to ride on buses until segregation laws change. Many marches resulted after the Montgomery Bus Boycott and they all had the same purpose: equality and change.

The idea of this day is to celebrate the birth, the life, and the dream of King. Furthermore, it is a day of remembrance of the injustices Dr. King strongly fought against. Many students view this day as “a day without school” but it should be viewed as a day to celebrate and honor Dr. King.

“I’m honoring him by putting up my American flag,” senior Freshta Pirzada said.

Without his pivotal role, the nation would not be as culturally inviting as it is today.

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