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Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
"Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!"
“Make a career of HUMANITY. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for EQUAL RIGHTS. You will make a GREATER PERSON of yourself, a GREATER NATION of your country, and a FINER WORLD to live in.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In observance of the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), Patrick AFB, FL, proudly announces the availability of original artwork available for download at www.deomi.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. This year, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will be recognized on Jan. 15, 2018.
The poster concept focuses on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Ala. which was the site of Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965, where state and local lawmen attacked civil rights demonstrators as they attempted to march from Selma to the state capital. The quote showcased on the poster is from Dr. King’s address at the Youth March for Integrated Schools on April 18, 1959.
The national recurring theme of this holiday is “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On…Not A Day Off.” It calls upon the American people to engage in public service and promote peaceful social change. Dr. King’s unfinished movement toward equality can be achieved by our united, enduring efforts.
While others were advocating for freedom by “any means necessary,” including violence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly impossible goals.
He is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor, and is the only non-president memorialized on the National Mall in the Nation’s Capital.
He is honored and remembered in hundreds of statues, parks, streets, squares, churches and other public facilities around the world as a leader whose teachings are increasingly relevant to the progress of humankind.
In 1964, at 35 years old, Martin Luther King Jr. became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
National African American/Black History Month
(1 – 28 February 2018)
“African Americans in Times of War”
Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events are planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African Americans.
The theme for Black History Month in 2018 is "African Americans in Times of War" honoring those brave men and women who served their countries in the armed forces, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the American ideals of freedom and democracy.
During World War II, for example, more than 2.5 million black men registered for the draft and one million served as draftees or volunteers in every branch of the armed forces.
The Tuskegee Airmen also became legendary for their heroic feats during the war and received a Distinguished Unit Citation, several silver stars, 150 distinguished flying crosses, fourteen bronze stars, and 744 air medals. At war's end, recognition of the African American contribution to the war effort would eventually lay the groundwork for the civil rights protests of the 1950s and 1960s.
A decade before the first glimmers of the American civil rights movement, most black men were assigned to segregated combat groups.
Even so, more than 12,000 black men who served in the segregated 92nd Division received citations were decorated for "extraordinary heroism" on the battlefield.
At war's end, recognition of the African American contribution to the war effort would eventually lay the groundwork for the civil rights protests of the 1950s and 1960s.
Black History Month first originated as part of an initiative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson who launched Negro History Week in 1926.
Woodson proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February — between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Since 1976, every American president has proclaimed February as Black History Month. Today, other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom also devote an entire month to celebrating black history.
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