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"When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir." On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Dr. King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which is credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement. He was a founder and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and helped organize the massive March on Washington in 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for being "the first person in the Western world to have shown us that a struggle can be waged without violence. He is the first to make the message of brotherly love a reality in the course of his struggle." In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King Jr. called the award, "a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time." Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to ending racial discrimination. In 1955 he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. "In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred." "We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence." "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood." "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today." "With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day." "I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream." I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the third Monday of January. It was first observed in 1986. More recently the holiday has been celebrated as the King Day of Service, a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love." "Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it's nonviolence or nonexistence." "You just begin hating somebody, and you will begin to do irrational things. You can't see straight when you hate. You can't walk straight when you hate. You can't stand upright. Your vision is distorted." "For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true. That's what hate does. You can't see right. The symbol of objectivity is lost. Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater." "I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality." "I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits."