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Today marks what would have been the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King’s tireless work in the name of civil rights won him legions of followers and forced the world to take note of social injustices within the United States.

At the age of 35, he became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. But King’s life and work was cut short when he was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet in 1968.

It is for his contributions to the integration and enrichment of America that Dr. King is remembered every third Monday of January — the official holiday set aside to honor his legacy. The King Day holiday will be observed next Monday, January 21st with reflections and celebrations honoring the civil rights leader’s work in promoting peace and racial harmony.

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