Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and this has been the case since 1986. Initially, some states resisted observing the holiday, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was only in 2000 that this holiday was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time. Only two other people have national holidays in the U.S.A a man by the name of George Washington and an explorer called Christopher Columbus.

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The ultimate weakness of violence
is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate….
Returning violence for violence multiples violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

About matthew carson

Librarian & Archivist at the International Center of Photography
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