Remembering & Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday was first observed as a national holiday in 1986. However, his life had become a fixed part of American mythology for years prior to this. Indeed, too many African Americans whose rights he helped expand, too many other minorities whose lives his victories touched, and too many whites who welcomed the changes his leadership brought, King’s life seemed mythological even as he lived it. He is celebrated as a hero not only for the concrete legislation he enabled but for his articulation of dreams and hopes shared by many during an era of upheaval and change.