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MLK’s day and Sudan’s Martyr

This year the Martine Luther King Day is going to be on January 18th. The third Monday of January every year is a federal holiday in the united states to celebrate King’s legacy.

Martine Luther King is the most famous civil rights movement leader in the united states back in the 60’s.

Following his father’s (Martine Luther king sr) footsteps king participated and led demonstrations for blacks’ basic rights.

Inspired by his Christian beliefs his way of advocating civil rights was through civil disobedience and nonviolence till his assassination in 1968.

Dates

1986–2103

Date Years
January 21 1991 2002 2008 2013 2019 2030 2036 2041 2047 2058 2064 2069 2075 2086 2097
January 20 1986 1992 1997 2003 2014 2020 2025 2031 2042 2048 2053 2059 2070 2076 2081 2087 2098
January 19 1987 1998 2004 2009 2015 2026 2032 2037 2043 2054 2060 2065 2071 2082 2088 2093 2099
January 18 1988 1993 1999 2010 2016 2021 2027 2038 2044 2049 2055 2066 2072 2077 2083 2094 2100
January 17 1994 2000 2005 2011 2022 2028 2033 2039 2050 2056 2061 2067 2078 2084 2089 2095 2101
January 16 1989 1995 2006 2012 2017 2023 2034 2040 2045 2051 2062 2068 2073 2079 2090 2096 2102
January 15 1990 1996 2001 2007 2018 2024 2029 2035 2046 2052 2057 2063 2074 2080 2085 2091 2103
His legacy

On twitter Martin Luther king lll, who’s also a human rights advocate, tweeted on his father’s birthday on January 15 saying:

“My dad knew that in the fight against injustice, there are no permanent victories. I know my father would be proud of his granddaughter and the millions of other young people who are dedicated to eradicating the triple evils.”

In another tweet he posted a tribute video of his father, captioning: “Today and every day, I want us all to remember my father as a kind, loving man who spent his life serving his community”.

Martin Luther King III

 

Cartoon network Is celebrating Martin Luther King birthday with Yolanda Renee King, who’s also a young activist and intends to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day doing public services with the family.

Martine Luther king day

 After 15 years since his assassination the Martine Luther king day became a federal holiday in 1968 and that’s after several proposals.

The idea was basically promoted by the labor unions after his death to be on the 4th of April the date of his assassination. US Representative Jhon Conyers and senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill in the congress to make this happen.

The bill came first to vote in the house of representatives in 1979 but fell five votes shorts.

The opponent most famous argument was that a paid holiday for federal employees is too expensive including the then president Ronald Regan.

The opponency was mainly led by republicans who criticized king’s opposition to the Vietnam war and accused him of communism. However, the holiday was finally observed in 1983 and few states declined to celebrate it till 2000 it was observed in all of the 50 states.

 Honoring the legacy

 The New York times published a report under the headline: 9 ways to honor his legacy citing 9 organizations, academies and initiatives organizing this day’s events this year since marches and parades are on the pause.

A coincidence

 This year the Martin Luther King Day coincides with the execution date of the Mahmoud Mohammed Taha (1909-1985)a Sudanese thinker, modernizer and political leader who’s also fought for civil rights motivated by his Islamic believes.

Mahmoud Mohammed Taha(1909-1985)

 

Taha was a distinguished thinker and a head of his time, he was a modern religion thinker, he denounced the idea of the man of god.

Taha was executed at the age of 76 by the military dictator Jaafar Numairi (1968-1985(on charges of apostasy and inciting hatred against the state on Friday 18th of January 1985 whom was overthrown after exactly 76 days.

 

 

 

 

 

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