May 26, 2022
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MLK Day

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Google celebrates 2022 MLK Day

New York based artist Olivia Fields an African-American artist provided the illustration for the tech giant’s doodle celebrating Martin Luther King’s Day January 17.

Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta in the American state of Georgia. on January 15 1929. He was a Baptist minister and Black civil rights activist in Montgomery, Alabama. By the 1960s, he became the undisputed leader of the Black civil rights movement. Avalanches of protests, speeches and books condemning segregation fell on the United States. From the successful Montgomery bus boycotts to the Washington Monument, he had a dream.

Targeted by the FBI domestic counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) King was underwent various kinds of FBI surveillance that produced alleged evidence of extramarital affairs, but no evidence of Communist influence. Dr King became the focus of the FBI after he accused the organisation of failure. “The FBI is completely ineffectual in resolving the continued mayhem and brutality inflicted upon the Negro in the deep South.”  King was identified as a target because the FBI believed that he could become a “messiah” who could unify black nationalists “should he abandon his supposed ‘obedience’ to ‘white liberal doctrines’ (nonviolence) and embrace black nationalism.” The bureau testified to a US senate select committee. In the last few months of King’s life, the FBI intensified its efforts to discredit him and to “neutralize” SCLC. He was assassinated on April 4 1968 by a career criminal called James Earle Ray.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act made racial equality possible thanks to the efforts of Dr King. Public segregation and racial discrimination was now illegal under the laws of the United States and this marked the beginning of the end of the racial apartheid regimes in Rhodesia and South Africa in the 1980s.

The United States made the commemoration of MLK’s birthday a federal holiday in 1983 the third Monday in January.

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