The DigElog Team would like to wish all of our supporters a happy Martin Luther King Day. Today we recognize one of the greatest human rights activists in world history. Doctor King was the lead spokesman for non-violent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination within U.S. law.
After King's death, the U.S. Congress voted on a Bill to make King's birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage. At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating a federal holiday to honor King.
Here is an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream Speech." You can watch the speech by clicking the link below.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."