Good morning, children of God! Today we commemorate the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The civil-rights leader was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga. A Baptist minister and peace activist, Dr. King was a voice for equal rights for African-Americans and so many others. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.
In 1983, his birthday was designated a national holiday, observed on the third Monday in January. On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. King delivered a pivotal speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The words, which have come to be known as the “I Have a Dream” speech, inspired the crowd of more than 300,000 people who made the march on Washington to advocate for civil rights. Dr. King spoke fervently of a day when all God’s children would join hands and walk together as sisters and brothers.