Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and for his civil rights contributions that helped changed a nation.
Americans will come together Jan. 20 on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday – which is always observed on the third Monday in January – to serve their neighbors and communities to pay tribute to Dr. King, whose additional accomplishments included:
- Leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The campaign began when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat on a bus in 1955. Two days later, the reverend gave a speech asking for a bus boycott that generated to a groundswell of support, and eventually, a federal ruling a year later that led to a Supreme Court ruling that segregated buses were unconstitutional.
- Serving as the first president of the Southern Coalition Leadership Conference, which he helped found in 1957.
- Helping organize the August 1963 “March on Washington,” where his famous speech was delivered. It was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history.
- Winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for battling racial inequality through nonviolence.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the president’s national call-to-service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
Rev. King was a trailblazer and pioneer, whose commitment to diversity and equality helped change and unite a nation. With 8,000 employees from 55 countries worldwide, Western Union celebrates diversity every day, a tribute to the efforts of Dr. King, his vision and his determination.
There’s more work to be done, but Martin Luther King Jr. is indeed proof that dreams can come true.