If you want to know more about his biography, click on this link by the BBC
In August 1963 after leading a peaceful march, he gave one of the most outstanding speeches in history, known as " I have a dream" right in the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in front of a crowd of 250,000 demonstrators. He and other leaders then met with President John F. Kennedy. They asked for many things including an end to segregation in public schools, greater protections for African-Americans, and more effective civil rights legislation.
He didn't live to see that all his fight for civil rights for black people was successful. In 2009 Barack Obama, the first black President, was elected.
On August 28th, 2013 we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the famous speech and Obama wanted to pay tribute to him with King's family and former Presidents in the same place.
Read the full speech here
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
In USA legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service taking place each year on the third Monday in January.