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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day recognizes the birth of the civil rights leader who led marches and boycotts for equal rights in the Southern United States. It is celebrated the third Monday in January. His inspiring words and actions remind Americans everywhere to work for racial, economic, and international justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday enacted by Congress in 1983. In 1994, Congress named it as a day of service to the community in recognition of Dr. King’s service to the world community.

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The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Beacon Press, a department of the Unitarian Universalist Association, has an exclusive agreement to partner with the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. in a publishing program, "The King Legacy," which gives Beacon the sole right to print new editions of previously published King titles and to compile Dr. King's writings, sermons, orations, lectures, and prayers into entirely new editions, including significant new introductions by leading scholars.

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Last updated on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

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