Watch this special BHMD Mini Doc celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. for his birthday. During the past 10 years, BHMD has celebrated King with several post and videos.  On this page is a sample of the many tributes we have done in honor of King over the years. 

The Letter from Birmingham Jail is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws. After an early setback, it enjoyed widespread publication and became a key text for the American civil rights movement of the early 1960s.

Read The Letter: 



The American federal holiday marks the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and it is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

This movement to honor King on his birthday catapulted to  national and international attention by the incredible “Happy Birthday” tribute song written and produced by the great Stevie Wonder. Wonder’s massively popular song  galvanized, a national movement, that included leaders from across the entire nation, all campaigning to make Kings birthday a National holiday.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, most states resisted observing the holiday for King, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. #BHMD #MLKDAY 

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