The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Holiday is celebrated today to honor the life and vision of civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968). Below are links to some resources available to help you learn more about Dr. King:
• There are many books, videos, and government documents at the Mansfield Library on Martin Luther King, Jr.
• Citizen King, a website supplement to the PBS American Experience documentary of the same title (available at the library), provides background information, historic video clips, timelines, and teacher resources on Dr. King.
• The Department of Education provides teaching resources via the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) website.
• The National Endowment for the Humanities provides background information on the holiday and teaching resources via the EDSITEment project.
Public Law 98-144, signed on November 2, 1983, designates the third Monday of every January as Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. This day offers a time for reflection on the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change Dr. King practiced and called others to follow.