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Should Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday be a national holiday?

  • Absolutely deserving of recognition

    Dr. King was one of the many faces of a struggle that peacefully led to change. Although many lives were lost and by countless soldiers in that battle, he is one of the more visible figures that even met the President of the United States. The participants of the matches were met with violence for no reason. Black men are still met with violence for no reason. The perfect example of how to peacefully protest an issue and bring about change. He made peaceful demonstrationvthe accepted form of protest in this country. Isn't that better?

  • I say yes

    Yes martin luther king dersve his own holiday, there were MANY other respectable citizens who played important roles during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s . However, Dr. King was a leader, as well as an advocate of nonviolence. He is one of the greatest leaders of nonviolence in world history. He fought (peacefully) for equality for all people with his I have a dream speeched . Had it not been for his leadership, who knows what this country would be like not only for African American people, but for all people. He died fighting for change...He deserves a day of remembrance.
    It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther king Jr holiday. A compromise moving the holiday from Jan. 15, Martin Luther King's birthday, which was considered too close to Christmas and New year. Some people say that martin luther King did not deserve his own holiday, Martin luther king should be honored

  • Opponent's Curiously Selective Memory

    BrighamYoungConservative writes "No other public holiday in the United States honours a single individual. Of all the great leaders in that nation's history - none of them have their own holiday. Even past presidents share President's Day."

    This is untrue. There are three federal holidays that honor single individuals.

    While Presidents' Day may be a fixture of department store sales and is counted as a holiday by some states and municipalities, the federal holiday observed on the third Monday of February is, and always has been designated "Washington's Birthday," honoring George Washington. One.

    Columbus Day, honoring Christopher Columbus. Two.

    And it's truly astounding that someone with the moniker BrighamYoungConservative would forget that Christmas honors the birth of Jesus Christ. Three.

  • Yes! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Deserves a Day of Remembrance!

    Yes, there were MANY other respectable citizens who played important roles during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s . However, Dr. King was a leader, as well as an advocate of nonviolence. He is one of the greatest leaders of nonviolence in world history. He fought (peacefully) for equality for all people. Had it not been for his leadership, who knows what this country would be like not only for African American people, but for all people. He died fighting for change...He deserves a day of remembrance.

    Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!

  • MLK Deserves a National Holiday

    Of course MLK deserves a holiday. Martin Luther King has had a lot of influence on this country and contributed a lot while he was a live. He was a major factor during the civil rights movement during the 1960's and deserves to be remembered. MLK was a great man and deserves a national holiday.

  • Yes Martlin Luther King Jr's birthday should be a national holiday

    Martin Luther King Jr. may be a newer historical figure, but his impact on the lives of the average american is tremendous. If we put aside time to make Christopher Columbus Day a national holiday, than someone of such moral standing as Martin Luther King Jr. deserves this honor as well.

  • YES

    I am of the opinion that it is not really about the man, but it is more about what events and ideas that the man represents. It is less about celebrating the man himself and more about celebrating the Civil Rights Movement and the ideals that the man represents.

    I feel that with him being one of the most well known figures of the Civil Rights movement and having been assassinated for it, celebrating such a thing on his birthday is a good idea.

  • He doesn't deserve it!

    So this dude has a dream like we all do every night and suddenly he gets his own holiday over a speech?! Insane! Besides, I don't want to acknowledge a black anyway. I don't see why the world has to stop and acknowledged a black dude over a speech. Just saying.

  • Was not just one person's effort

    Honoring one individual while ignoring the efforts of the entire movement is inappropriate. Honor all or honor none. In my opinion, giving one equalitg fight its own holiday opens door for all to want it.

    Are we going to take the day off for every movement's victory?

    I completely respect the effort and people involved, of should be a common holiday shared by all.

  • MLK is Not a Truly Great Leader.... He is No Lincoln or Washington

    Although MLK is certainly an important leader in the civil rights movement and a martyr, he is not a great man.

    MLK has a tainted history regarding personal ethics. The doctoral dissertation he submitted to Boston University was not the result of hard work and scholarship, but of plagiarism. It was well known that he cheated on his wife. He was an orator, who followed in the footsteps of others.

    MLK holiday meant that we no longer honor two very important presidents: Lincoln and Washington. Both these leaders led us through major turmoil. The United States would not be what it is without these men. That can't be said about MLK.

    We have many, many presidents who do not deserve to be honored. We should not be honoring the likes of Nixon, Johnson or Clinton, who brought disgrace upon the office. We should not be honoring the likes of Reagan, whose policies have wrecked the fabric of our social structure, who made the worship of wealth, narcissism and greed an accepted cultural norm. We should not be honoring Jimmy Carter or W, who were fools as president.

    Let's go back and honor our great Presidents..

  • He is black!!

    Don't want to acknowledge a black person! He didn't do anything of any importance. He had a silly speech where he stated he had a dream. I have a dream every night but don't go around telling people. Nobody cares about Michael king. Let's go back to the way life was. Black people feel they are owed everything. They are owed nothing.

  • It glorifies one struggle at the expense of all others

    To honor king specifically, glorifies his efforts, and the black struggle for equal opportunity, at the expense of all other groups and individuals who faced, and fought discrimination.Asians, hispanics, jews, irish, eastern europeans, alsofought for their rights. To put king on a pedestal,his own holiday, when lincoln and washington have lost their stature, also causes resentment among all other americans, and causes blacks to be thought to require special attention, treatment, and help, not helping them to be considered as equals, but dependents

  • Not in America

    Most if not all things require the efforts of more than one person. President's Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day recognize those many persons. A Civil Rights Day, something I don't support, would be better than a day for a single person. Cult worship belongs in places like North Korea and the PRC, not in the USA.

  • He doesn't deserve it.

    First of all His name wasn't Martin Luther. It was Michael. His father changed his name and his son's name. He never legally changed his name and he lived and died as Michael King. While working on his dissertation for his doctoral degree at Boston University, he heavily plagiarized from another author who had done research on a subject similar to King's. An academic committee later found that over half of King's work was plagiarized, yet would not revoke his doctorate. As King was dead by this time, the committee ruled that revoking the title would serve no purpose. King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech was also not his own. He stole it from a sermon by Archibald Carey, a popular black preacher in the 1950's.

    King was under FBI surveillance until he died due to his ties with communist organizations throughout the country. King accepted money from the organizations to fund his movements. In return, King had to appoint communist leaders to run certain districts of his SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), who then could project their communist ideas to larger audiences. One of King's closest friends, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, wrote a book in 1989 in which he talked about King's obsession with white prostitutes, Often hiring two to three prostitutes at a time and occasionally he would brutally beat them. King would also use church donations to have drunken sex parties, yet he was married with four children.

    No other public holiday in the United States honours a single individual. Of all the great leaders in that nation's history - none of them have their own holiday. Even past presidents share President's Day. Yet King - an unprincipled charlatan, plagiarizer and adulterer gets a day of his own. Perhaps it is time for "African" Americans to face the facts about this fraud and find something more worthwhile to do with their time.

  • Cheapens the contributions of others

    No, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday should not be a national holiday. It seems like giving King his own day cheapens the contributions of other figures in the movement such as Rosa Parks or Jackie Robinson. When we honor one and not the others it seems as though we say one person mattered more than the others and this is not the case as you cannot study the Civil Rights movement without looking at the contributions of every individual who stood up and fought for change.


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