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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born 83 years ago Sunday

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy MLK Day. Today is the official federal holiday marking Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday was actually Sunday 83 years ago, is celebrated for being a major figure who pushed for the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world using nonviolent means.

It is hard to do justice to King's life in just a few sentences, but you can check out The Seattle Times, which created a site in 1996 to commemorate King's life and work. King died April 4, 1968.

And since this is an education blog, here are some of King's own words on education. Writing in Morehouse College's campus newspaper, "The Maroon Tiger" in 1947, King talks about issues that still resonate today.

Here are a few snippets, but do check out the entire text

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