Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King was born on 15 January 1929. Let us use the occasion of the anniversary of his birth (a public holiday in the United States of America) to remember his work, his faith, his achievements and his courage.

On 28 August 1963, Martin Luther King Junior, Baptist Minister, civil rights campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, spoke in Washington. He was giving the keynote address at the March on Washington, addressing 200,000 or more people who had gathered as part of the non-violent resistance to discrimination and racial segregation in the United States.

Among his comments, he said:

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy; now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice; … now is the time to make justice a reality for all God’s children …

With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

Progress was made including the Civil Rights Act 1964 and the Voting Rights Act 1965, but tragically Martin Luther King Jnr was assassinated in 1968.

His faith and his unwavering commitment to justice and equality for all continue to be an inspiration and a beacon across the world.