"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"The time is always right to do what is right." "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last."
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
These are quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of King. The federal holiday was first observed in 1986, making 2019 the 33rd anniversary of the King federal holiday.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading the effort.