January 15, 2024 | by Wong Fleming
On MLK Day, we honor the enduring leadership and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This day is observed each year on the third Monday of January. In 2024, it coincides with January 15th, Dr. King’s actual birthday, which would have marked his 95th year.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wise words and tireless activism embody a relentless pursuit of justice and make us profoundly grateful for the transformative impact he had on the world. He played a crucial role in advocating for civil rights and equality, with his leadership and peaceful endeavors serving as key influences in the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, now marking its 60th anniversary. This legislation stands as a pivotal milestone in U.S. history, contributing to the dismantling of legal segregation and advancing the cause of equal rights for all citizens.
We also honor Coretta Scott King for her influence on preserving her husband’s legacy and her own work as a leader in the civil rights movement. A quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King’s daughter, Bernice:
“As you honor my father today, please honor my mother as well. She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of The King Center, which she founded less than three months after Daddy died. Without Coretta Scott King, there would be no MLK Day.”
May we consistently honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King in our daily lives through our actions, expressions, and the way we interact with all our fellow human beings.