This year’s Google Doodle for Martin Luther King Jr. Day emphasises the need of unity in commemorating the life and work of the civil rights icon.
This week’s Doodle honours the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by showing how individual participation may advance King’s dream of a more just and peaceful world. The tribute Doodle was made by Richard A. Chance, a Brooklyn-based artist.
A giant billboard depicting the scene from Martin Luther King Jr.’s platform at the historic March on Washington, when he delivered his now-famous “I Have a Dream” address to an estimated 250,000 people in 1963 is being hung on the side of a brick building.
According to Google, “Dr. King’s dream lives on in the hearts of millions of Americans who are taking action and giving back to their communities” both on this day and every day.
The third Monday of every January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a nationwide day of service honouring King’s leadership throughout the civil rights fight.
King, who was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, went to school for theology and afterwards dedicated his life to Christian service. After Rosa Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, he helped organise protests for a year-long boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama transportation system.
The Civil Rights Act of1964, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson a year after Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech and protest actions, put an end to segregation and discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, and nationality.
In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to advance racial equality. Both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal were awarded to his family after his 1968 assassination.
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