KENILWORTH, NJ - Around the country students and government workers have a day off to relax and enjoy time with their families often unnoticing the important of the reason they are off. Today, January 20, 2020 marks Martin Luther King Jr Day. A day honoring Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. 

Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s America was a very much different place then it is today. Schools across America were segregated, public water fountains were labeled white and colored, racism ran rampant, and people hated one another due to the color of their skin. Reverend King couldn’t stand by and watch these injustices occur in our society. He led many Civil Rights protests, including the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and led the March on Washington in 1963 where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. King would go on to change the lives of many through his speeches and work uniting people as human beings. He appealed to their better nature and wanted to put a successful end to racism that he strived for. Ultimately, King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. 

Through his work he created a better world. As a Civil Rights Activist he is remembered yearly with the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The holiday was founded in honor of King’s birthday, January 15. As the years pass, the dates that the holiday is celebrated on may change but the meaning remains the same. It is a day to remember a smart, caring man who ultimately thanks to the help of others changed our country and paved the way for future generations. Although King would not live to see the world we live in today, he paved the way for future famous athletes, presidents, reporters, teachers, and children today. Thanks to his work he has allowed for many friendships between children and adults of all races to form. His life was tragically ended when he was assassinated at thirty-nine years old, but his memory and actions live on today.