Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Howard Brown Health Commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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 went on to lead campaigns against poverty and international conflict, always maintaining fidelity to his principles that people everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family.
Martin Luther King Day reminds us to reexamine the roles we play in society, by listening to the experiences of Black people and minority people to create lasting change. 

Martin Luther King Day reminds us to reexamine the roles we play in society, by listening to the experiences of Black people and minority people to create lasting change. 

Martin Luther King Jr’s efforts continue to benefit Black Americans while providing a blueprint for nonviolent resistance to continue the fight for equality and justice.

Milestones in Black History during Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifetime:
•	1954- Brown v. Board of Education: landmark Supreme Court case strikes down segregation as unconstitutional.
•	1955- In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks is arrested for breaking a city ordinance by refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. This defiant act gives initial momentum to the Civil Rights Movement.
•	1957- Martin Luther King, Jr.and others set up the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a leading engine of the Civil Rights Movement.
•	1964- The Civil Rights Act is signed, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion,sex, or national origin. It prohibits unequal application of voter registration requirements, and racial segregation in schools, 
 mployment,and public accommodations.
•	1965- The Voting Rights Act is passed, outlawing the practices used in the South to disenfranchise      African American voters.

1967- Edward W. Brooke becomes the first African American U.S. Senator since Reconstruction. He serves two terms as a Senator from Massachusetts.

Ways that Black people have claimed their identity and continued momentum towards equality. 

•	Voting and running for seats to better the lives of Black Americans

•	Seeking out ancestry
•	Draw attention to systematic oppression and demand solutions
•	Engaging in dialog around trauma and healing
•	Rediscovering ancestral cultures and practices
•	Celebrating blackness with music, religion, dances, hair, etc.
•	Movements like “Black is Beautiful” that promotes self-love
•	Black Lives Matter

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