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Tae Min Pak AMST 301 4/15/11 Professor Gustafson Martin Luther King Jr. Day Write a brief essay (2-4) pages on the origins and history of one of the following holidays: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr., President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July. Note whether there has been any controversy associated with the celebration of the holiday and you are welcome to write about any poem, work of art or film associated with the holiday. At the end of the essay, create your own new national holiday and provide a justification for it. Martin Luther King Jr. is world-renowned throughout history as being one of the most influential speakers for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement protesting against racial discrimination in the United States of America. Being a Baptist minister and heavily influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, King advocated the role of nonviolent forms of protest to the government. Examples of these protests include the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, and the March on Washington in 1963 where King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Due to his work to end racial segregation and discrimination through the use of nonviolent means, King has received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, becoming the youngest man to ever receive such an honor. By the time King had been assassinated at the early age of 39 on April 4, 1968, he had already started to focus his attentions on combating poverty and the Vietnam War. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday that celebrates the birthday and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. The holiday was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan and was first observed on January 20 three years later. It is traditionally
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