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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a reminder to us all that we have been blessed to live in a resilient nation where leaders with character can and do make our country better for all.
We at Lewisville Morning Rotary wish to say thank you to all our flag subscribers. We wish you memorable Martin Luther King Day celebration for you and your family as this country gives tribute to a man that successfully led this county to peaceful change.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Born the son of a Baptist minister Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Micheal Luther King Jr was the middle child of Micheal Sr. and Alberta King.  Both his grand fathers were Baptist ministers.
Micheal Sr. came from a poor share cropping community in
Stockbridge. Ga. who after marrying Alberta moved to Atlanta where he became pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Over time Micheal Sr. changed his name to Martin Luther King Sr. in honor of the German Protestant religious leader Martin Luther. Ultimately Micheal Jr changed his name to Martin Luther King Jr.
Micheal Jr, his older sister Christine and younger brother grew up in Atlanta's Sweet Water neighborhood which at the time was home to some of the most prominent African Americans in the country. Micheal and his siblings attended segregated public schools.
A gifted student, at the age of 15 he entered Morehouse College where he studied law and medicine. He graduated in 1948. Martin Luther King Jr. then entered Crozier Theological Seminary where he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree and was elected president of his predominantly white senior class. He then entered Boston College in 1953 where he obtained a Doctorate Degree in Systematic Theology two years later. 
Martin Luther King Jr was such a gifted orator that he became the pastor of Dexter Ave Baptist Church while completing his studies at Boston College in Montgomery, Alabama. 
 Less than a year after moving to Montgomery, the city became an epicenter of the civil rights movement as a result of the galvanizing affect of the Brown versus Board of Education Supreme Court decision that separate but equal public education was in fact unconstitutional. Montgomery, you may recall is where Rosa Parks refused in 1955 to give up her seat to a white passenger on a desegregated public bus. The event led to the now famous Montgomery Bus Boycott. The NAACP chose Dr. King Jr. to be the boycott leader and spokesperson. Dr. King who was heavily influenced by Mahatama Gandi led the peaceful protest of the cities bus segregation policies for 381 days. The boycott was significant in that it was one of the first mass protests on behalf of civil rights. And, it launched Martin Luther King Jr. and the non-violent resistance civil rights movement into the national spot light. Non-violent resistance to achieve change leading to integration of parts of society became the MLK hallmark well into the 60's. 
Shortly after the boycott ended, he helped form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, one of the most influential civil rights organizations working to end segregation throughout the south. It was with the SCLC that King helped lead the "March to Washington" in 1963 where over 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. It was there that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, delivered his iconic "I have a Dream" speech. 
Five short years later Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated at the age of 39. In spite of his shortened life his impact on American society was enormous. He had led the civil rights movement since the mid 1950's through a series of impassioned speeches and non-violent protests to fight segregation and achieve advances for for African Americans. Dr. Kings efforts did much to influence the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act that followed. Also in 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His impact was felt even after his death helping to spurn the way for civil rights legislation achievements such as the equal housing bill.
In 1983, President Reagan signed a bill marking the 3rd Monday of January as Martin Luther King Day and in January of 1986 the very first National Martin Luther King Jr Day was observed.
We hope you enjoyed this snippet about the Martin Luther King holiday. It is not intended to identify all his accomplishments and the vast influential ideals he imparted on the civil rights movement such as the "Letter from Birmingham jail" in defense of non-violent civil disobedience to name just one.
The Lewisville Morning Rotary Club is honored to make United States flags available to help our community participate in remembering our freedoms made possible by leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you for your support.
Prepared by member John Pokorny with much help from the internet. He encourages our subscribers to read the History Channel pages about Marin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Flag Launch
Subscribers can expect to see their flags installed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on or about January 16th. Our scouting partners will start removing the flags on or about January 23th and taking them to our storage facility.
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