Martin Luther King, Jr. argued that Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent resistance was ‘‘the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.’’
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There was so much to admire in Martin Luther King -- his courage, his faith, and his humility all come to mind. But by any measure, one of his most remarkable traits was an ability to see the way life intersects, how each of us depends on a far-flung legion every day just to survive.
Webster defines courage as the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Thomas Jefferson said one man with courage is a majority. Martin Luther King proved Jefferson right. So did Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Abraham Lincoln.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FEDERAL HOLIDAY, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Each year, America sets aside a day to remember a giant of our Nation's history and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement.
In April 1963, after being jailed in Birmingham, Alabama for leading non-violent protests against segregation there, Dr. Martin Luther King saw in the newspaper a statement by eight fellow clergymen.