“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the leader of the nonviolent civil rights movement in America during the 1950s and 60s, was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. On the occasion of Dr. King’s birthday on January 15, 1969, the recently formed King Center in Atlanta held the first annual observance of King’s birthday. The third Monday of January since 1983 has been designated a national holiday in his honor.
C. Gary Ainscough, class of 1967 and a member of the first graduating class at Chattanooga State, shares his thoughts about Dr.King: “I respected the integrity of Martin Luther King, Jr., who approached civil injustices in a nonviolent manner. It was sad to hear of his death that cut short his young life, but to this date, his legacy continues.”
Indeed, his legacy continues. Today many individuals and organizations recognize this holiday as a national day of service and citizen action for good in honor of Dr. King.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. King’s legacy, visit The King Center website and digital collection. According to the site, it is the “largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement in the world.”
The painting of Martin Luther King, Jr. featured in this time-lapse video was done by Kevin Bate in 2012. The mural can be found on the corner of MLK Blvd and Peeples St in Chattanooga, Tennessee [image courtesy Flip Schulke].
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.