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Enero 3, 2017

Remembering the Legacy of Martin Luther King

Remembering the Legacy of Martin Luther King
Remembering the Legacy of Martin Luther King

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law that the third Monday in January would be recognized Federally as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to commemorate and honor the life of one of America’s greatest figures in the non-violent Civil Rights movement more than half a century ago. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, and each year in late January, our nation honors his fight for equality for all Americans.

Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal for his activism. Unfortunately, his life was tragically cut short when he was assassinated in 1968. However, Dr. King’s efforts led to direct changes within the Federal government. Among these being the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which established the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. His efforts also lead to the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (also known as the Fair Housing Act) which prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of dwellings based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Equal Opportunities

Many of the benefits available on could not exist today if it were not for Dr. King’s continuing fight for equality. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) works to ensure individuals are not discriminated against for employment opportunities or in the workplace.

Programs such as these are a direct result of Dr. King and other civil rights activists’ efforts to make the United States a more equal nation.

Additional Resources

To learn more about assistance programs and other initiatives for equal opportunities in both employment and housing please visit the Department of Labor or Department of Housing and Urban Development website. As always, encourages you to take the Benefit Finder questionnaire to see which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

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