Emily Brandt and Emma Brooks – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Every year, on the third Monday of January, citizens across the country celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This day allows for reflection on the work that King accomplished against racial inequality.
On Nov. 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday. This holiday was first celebrated in 1986.
Even though Martin Luther King Jr. Day wasn’t made an official holiday until 1986, 17 states had already recognized it as holiday by this time.
Many celebrities recognize this holiday. President Donald Trump described King as, “a man I have studied, watched, and admired for my entire life.”
However, it’s not just the famous that celebrate. Many Mustangs from around the Ranch celebrate this holiday and its history.
Sophomore Chris Holmes said, “I believe that MLK was an important figure because he paved the way for equality among African American people.”
Senior Ty’Raiona Roberts said, “Martin Luther King Jr. was an important voice for the Civil Rights movement and what I adore about him, is the fact that he advocated for nonviolent protests instead of having African Americans go out killing people.”
Locally, the LRHS Marching Mustangs will participate in Palmetto’s MLK parade. State College of Florida is sponsoring the annual MLK day of service. On this day they join a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday honoring King into a day of work and not just a day off. Schools, student clubs, neighborhoods, businesses, churches, sororities/fraternities, and other community organizations from all over participate in this event.