Martin Luther King Day 2017

Martin Luther King Day 2017

History of Martin Luther King Jr.

Date of birth: January 15, 1929
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Date of death: April 4, 1968 (aged 39)
Place of death: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Movement: African-American Civil Rights Movement and Peace movement
Major organizations: Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Notable prizes:

  • Nobel Peace Prize (1964)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumous)
  • Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumous)

To celebrate the Martin Luther King Day holiday in a different way, President Barack Obama volunteered with his family, wife Michelle Obama and his two daughters at a local school on Monday. He tested his talents as a painter while painting dancing fruits on the cafeteria walls. This was to promote awareness against unhealthy junks and encourage healthy eating habits. This way, he also emphasized the importance of extending community service in the USA. Obama, who was joined by his wife mainly in the volunteering service, visited the middle school early in the day. For the first lady, it has been a part of her fighting childhood obesity cause which has been one of her most prominent issues she is fighting for since coming to the White House. 

The apple that Obama painted was a cartoon character flexing its muscles.

He told the reporters, “After a painful week where so many of us were focused on tragedy, it’s good for us to remind ourselves what this country is all about.” He certainly referred to the tragic shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 13, including a U.S. congresswoman. He felt that these kind of activities are much needed to remind the US people about the true values of humanity and the country.

He later added, “This kind of service project is what’s best in us and we’re thrilled with everybody who is participating.” The day also turned Mrs. Obama 47. She was greeted with a version of “Happy Birthday” after she entered the cafeteria. She was seemingly touched, but a little embarrassed as well. She said, “All right let’s get to work. This is embarrassing.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Major Monuments

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (planned)
Alma mater: Morehouse College Crozer TheologicalSeminary Boston University Religion: Baptist

  • Jesus Christ,
  • Abraham Lincoln,
  • Theodor Herzl,
  • Mahatma Gandhi,
  • Benjamin Mays,
  • Rosa Parks,
  • Bayard Rustin,
  • Henry David Thoreau,
  • Howard Thurman,
  • Leo Tolstoy


  • Albert Lutuli,
  • Jesse Jackson,
  • Al Sharpton

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on 15th January, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Martin Luther King Jr. father Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and mother Alberta Williams King. Martin Luther King Jr.  married Coretta Scott, on June 18, 1953

Four children were born to Dr. and Mrs. King:

  • Yolanda Denise (November 17, 1955 - May 15, 2007, Montgomery, Alabama)
  • Martin Luther III (October 23, 1957, Montgomery, Alabama)
  • Dexter Scott (January 30, 1961, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Bernice Albertine (March 28, 1963, Atlanta, Georgia)

Honorary Degrees of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded honorary degrees from various colleges and universities.

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Morehouse College
  • Doctor of Laws, Howard University
  • Doctor of Divinity, Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Doctor of Laws, Morgan State University
  • Doctor of Humanities, Central State University
  • Doctor of Divinity, Boston University
  • Doctor of Laws, Lincoln University
  • Doctor of Laws, University of Bridgeport
  • Doctor of Civil Laws, Bard College
  • Doctor of Letters, Keuka College
  • Doctor of Divinity, Wesleyan College
  • Doctor of Laws, Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Doctor of Laws, Yale University
  • Doctor of Divinity, Springfield College
  • Doctor of Laws, Hofstra University
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Oberlin College
  • Doctor of Social Science, Amsterdam Free University
  • Doctor of Divinity, St. Peter’s College
  • Doctor of Civil Law, University of New Castle, Upon Tyne
  • Doctor of Laws, Grinnell College


  • Selected as one of the ten most outstanding personalities of the year by Time Magazine, 1957.
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, 1957.
  • The Spingarn Medal from the NAACP, 1957.
  • The Russwurm Award from the National Newspaper Publishers, 1957.
  • The Second Annual Achievement Award from The Guardian Association of the Police Department of New York, 1958.
  • Selected as one of the sixteen world leaders who had contributed most to the advancement of freedom during 1959 by Ling Magazine of New Delhi, India.
  • Named “Man of the Year, “ by Time Magazine, 1963.
  • Named “American of the Decade,” by the Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Die Workers, International Union, 1963.
  • The John Dewey Award, from the United Federation of Teachers, 1964.
  • The John F. Kennedy Award, from the Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago, 1964.
  • The Nobel Peace Prize, at age 35, the youngest man, second American, and the third black man to be so honored, 1964.
  • The Marcus Garvey Prize for Human Rights, presented by the Jamaican Government, posthumously, 1968.
  • The Rosa L. Parks award, presented by The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, posthumously, 1968.
  • The Aims Field-Wolf Award for his book, Stride Toward Freedom.


1929 Martin Luther King Jr. born on January 15, in Atlanta, Georgia 
1948 Graduates from Morehouse College
1953 Marries Coretta Scott
1955 Earns a doctoral degree
1956 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s house is bombed
1958 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. publishes his first book, Stride Toward Freedom
1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1964 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
1986 Martin Luther King Jr. Day is declared a national holiday in the U.S.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is United States Federal Holiday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed every year January, 3rd Monday. President Reagan in 1983, November 2nd signed a bill creating a United States federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. day is observed 1st time on 1986, January 20.

When Martin Luther King Day?

Monday, Jan 17, 2005
Monday, Jan 16, 2006
Monday, Jan 15, 2007
Monday, Jan 21, 2008
Monday, Jan 19, 2009
Monday, Jan 18, 2010
Monday, Jan 17, 2011
Monday, Jan 16, 2012
Monday, Jan 21, 2013
Monday, Jan 20, 2014
Monday, Jan 19, 2015
Monday, Jan 18, 2016

Monday,Jan  16,2017


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