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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on January 18. On this day, we celebrate the life and birthday of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is a day to remember and reflect on his work for the advancement of civil rights

Dr. King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1956. The SCLC organized non-violent movements and protests. In 1963, Dr. King was a key figure in organizing the March on Washington D.C. for Freedom and Jobs. At the March, he delivered his powerful and influential “I Have a Dream” speech to an audience of an estimated 250,000 people.  Through the fervent advocacy of civil rights by Dr. King and other Movement leaders ( John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, and Whitney Young Jr. ), President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2. The Civil Rights Act was introduced into Congress and passed on August 2, 1965. Dr. King was awarded the Noble Peace Prize for his tireless work during this time period.

On April 4, 1968,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.  Dr. King’s fight for civil rights and equality will always be remembered.

To learn more about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Luther Jr., see the recommended books below.

These eBooks can be borrowed with a library card and pin number. They can be read on a kindle, smart phone (after downloading the Overdrive app), and computer.

These books can be placed on hold and picked up at the Yonkers Public Library.