The third Monday of January each year is a US holiday named Martin Luther King Day.
King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
The Civil Rights Movement is just one of the the themes of Alexander and Joanna L'Estrange's new choral work "Freedom! The Power of Song!". Choirs and primary school children will be introduced to classic peaceful protest songs made famous by MLK and his supporters: We shall not be moved - Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around - We shall overcome - I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom - This little light of mine
More information about "Freedom! The Power of Song" can be found at www.alexanderlestrange.com/freedom