Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Legislation | Periscope

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Signing | Periscope

Dr. King's efforts would lead to wider recognition of equal rights, education and political representation for African-Americans and other minorities. For his work, he earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Dr. King was the youngest man to ever receive the prize, considered one of the highest honors in the world.

Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day every January to honor the work and achievements of Dr. King. His work in civil rights encouraged many people to think about how they were treated and how they treated other people. Dr. King is remembered as one of the most important leaders of the civil rights movement.

Dr. King's wife, Coretta Scott King, continued his legacy of civil rights activism. She stands to the far left of President Reagan, who in 1983, signed legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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