"Every time I take a flight, I am always mindful of the many people who make a successful journey possible - the known pilots and the unknown ground crew. So you honor the dedicated pilots of our struggle who have sat at the controls as the freedom movement soared into orbit."
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor King. Observed for the first time on January 20, 1986, it is called Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Following President George H. W. Bush's 1992 proclamation, the holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, near the time of King's birthday. On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all fifty U.S. states.[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.
Read Coretta Scott King's letter on the meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday: http://www.thekingcenter.org/KingHoliday/Default.aspx