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20/01/1986 The first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence. In 1963 he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.


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