This blessed land has seen many a great men and women; inventors, astronauts, scientists, artists, business leaders, military, outstanding students, teachers, and so on, from all disciplines and every aspect of life and society. All of thewm, living or departed, can be considered heroes in their own rights. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of them.
What endeared him to the American people were the amazing things he did for human rights. To know him is to appreciate him. Civil rights leader, peace advocate, and champion of human rights – these are just a few of the many titles attached to his name.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, observed on the third Monday of January, we remember the heroic deeds of this icon of the civil rights movement. Here are a few of many accomplishments that MLK contributed towards.
- 1964 Civil Rights Act – prohibited discrimination based on race, color or national origin in work and public spaces.
- 1965 Voting Rights Act – protected the voting right of all Americans
- 1965 Immigration and Nationality Services Act – opened immigration for non-Europeans to America
- 1965 Fair Housing Act – banned discrimination in private housing sale and rental