Photo: Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King lead a civil rights march
in Selma, Alabama, March 1965. (Getty Images)
On January 17, 2011, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the holiday recognizing one of America’s greatest heroes — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events are planned all around the nation to honor Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence and social justice. Check out mlkday.gov for a central clearing house of all MLK Day of Service volunteer opportunities in your local community.
Many museums are also recognizing Martin Luther King with special exhibits and presentations. Check out our article Spots to Follow M.L.K.’s Life for links to some of the museums associated with King’s legacy such as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.
Other major events are planned at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, the King Center in Atlanta, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago.