Why Do We Have Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

By | January 2, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Facts For Children


Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. MLK was a Baptist minister who was best known for his role in the civil rights movement. He stood firm in his belief of using non-violent tactics based on his Christian beliefs.

We celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day in honor of all the accomplishments he has helped achieve. Accomplishments that helped the future generation of his race and inspires many to stand up against injustice.

Civil Rights Act

Proposed by John F. Kennedy the 35th President of the United States of America and carried out by Lyndon B. Johnson. This act was created to help end segregation in public places.

The Civil Rights Act banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This is considered one of the most rewarding achievements of the civil rights movement.

Police brutally suppressed nonviolent demonstrators by awful means including dogs, clubs, and high-pressure hoses. JFK decided to do something about the injustice in the country.martin-luther-king-kids-facts

In June 1963 he proposed by far the most comprehensive civil rights legislation to date, saying the United States “will not be fully free until all of its citizens are free.”

Voting Rights Act

Prior to the Voting Rights Act being signed into law, African-American voters were turned down or their vote was simply discarded.

In many cases colored or blacks that were attempting to vote were often told by the officials at these election polls that they had gotten the time, place, or polling date wrong. Officials also said they possessed insufficient literacy skills or claimed they had filled out an application incorrectly.

President Lyndon Johnson, who replaced John F. Kennedy after his assassination in 1963, called for a comprehensive voting rights legislation. It was signed into law on the 6th of August, 1965. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders were present at the signing ceremony.

This act banned the use of literacy tests and other tactics used at local levels to stop African-Americans from voting. It also provided federal oversight of voter registration in areas where less than 50 percent of the nonwhite population had not registered to vote.


The Man Who Accomplished Many Things Through Hard Times

…from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968 by James Earl Ray.

During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, among 100’s of other accomplishments, he received “The Man Of The Year” award from “Times Magazine” as well as a Nobel peace prize.

After Martin Luther King’s death, he continued to receive awards for his accomplishments. He was awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom in 1977, the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004, and America started celebrating Martin Luther King Day in 1986.

Interested To Hear If You Think We Should Teach A 7 Year Old More Details About MLK?

Because that’s really all we remembered at that age and we would like to know how you feel about it or if you feel we should touch on a specific accomplishment due to his significance in history.

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2 thoughts on “Why Do We Have Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

  1. Yolanda

    I remember crying when he was killed. I remember crying when President Kennedy was killed. And I was like 10 or 11 yrs. old at the time. I didn’t know anything. I just knew they were good people that were taken away.

    1. sophia kaiwi Post author

      Yes, learning about Martin Luther King Jr. did make Kekoa sad…he really didn’t know anything about prejudice or racism until we taught him about how African Americans used to be treated. During the lesson, he commented that he didn’t like white people. That gave us the opportunity to teach him that back then according to how they were raised many didn’t know any better…generations of slave owners raised more generations of slave owners and that was just how things were and what they knew. We had to make sure he knew that many white people didn’t like how things were and they agreed with Martin Luther King Jr. and that is what brought about the changes and brings us to where we are today.


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