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Why We Honor Dr. Martin Luther King

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January 12, 2018

Why We Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The third Monday of January is a federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This year it falls on his actual birthday, January 15th.

The holiday celebrates Dr. King’s life and legacy:  his life-long leadership in the fight for racial equality in the United States and his commitment to non-violent demonstrations that were instrumental in pushing forward civil rights during the 1950’s and 1960’s.  He was a leader in the boycott and demonstrations that lead to de-segregation of buses in Alabama before returning to Atlanta where he continued his civil rights work.   He was also a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both his father and grandfather had also ministered.  He contributed to the effort lead by President John F. Kennedy to craft the civil rights legislation that was passed in the mid 1960’s.  He wrote five books and numerous articles that put forth his philosophy.

Dr. King was born in 1929 and was first named Michael Luther, Jr.  Following a visit by his father to Germany, where he was inspired by the works of Martin Luther, Luther, Sr. changed both his and his son’s first name to Martin Luther.  Martin, Jr. attended Morehouse College and did post graduate work at Crozer Theological Seminary before completing his PhD at Boston University.  In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35 – the youngest recipient at the time.  This followed a speech that he gave on the Mall in Washington, DC in 1963 that drew 200,000 attendees.  It was held on the 100th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation -- and was perhaps Dr. King’s most iconic work in which he declared “I Have a Dream”.  To read or hear this famous speech click here; or to read more about Dr. King’s history click here.

Today, Dr. King's "dream" continues to live on in the hearts, minds, voices and activism of Americans of all races, ethnicity, economic status, gender and faiths.  In communities across this country, Dr. King's legacy continues to inspire and motivate generations of Americans to carry on the unfinished business of securing equality and opportunity for all.  We, as a country, are indebted to Dr. King for his leadership and sacrifices; and as individuals, we are better -- not perfect -- people because he taught us how to practice the righteous lessons and virtues of justice, tolerance and inclusion in our everyday lives.

Dr. King’s legacy provides a cornerstone for the AHA mission – to protect and promote sustainable homeownership for all segments of America – the notion that all Americans should have freedom and civil rights that provide access to opportunities for self-actualization and betterment.

Tragically, Dr. King was assassinated fifty years ago in April, 1968.  It took fifteen years for the legislative act to be passed by Congress and signed into law by President Reagan in 1983, establishing the holiday in his honor, with the first Martin Luther King Day (or MLK Day) observed in 1986.  In 1994 his wife Coretta Scott King went to Congress to request and succeed in having the holiday be designated as a national day of humanitarian service, which we observe today.

How Much Should You Pay for House Cleaning?

It can be difficult to keep your home up to your cleanliness standards while you are balancing a job and/or children’s activities.  Here is some expert advice on what types of house cleaning services are available, and what you should pay if you decide to get outside help. 

  • Troyer, Jennifer.  “Should I Hire a House Cleaner or Housekeeper?”  Article here
  • Bonderud, Doug.  “How Much Does it Cost to Hire a House Cleaner?”  Article here
  • Editorial Staff.  “The Housekeeping Guide:  How Much Should You Pay?”  Article here.  

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