Every third Monday of January, in the United States, it is celebrated on Martin Luther King Day. The federal holiday was established to commemorate the Protestant pastor, leader of the civil rights movement, born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta
The party was established on January 20, 1986 following a law signed in 1983 by then President Ronald Reagan. In the photo: the monument dedicated to Martin Luther King, inaugurated in 2011 inside the Tidal Basin, an artificial reserve in the District of Columbia, in Washington
The story of Rosa Parks and the rebellion against racial segregation
Despite the fact that the law was passed in 1986, only in 2000 it was celebrated by all states. In the photo: a celebratory shirt worn in 2018 by the players of the NBA team of the New Orleans Pelicans on the occasion of Martin Luther King Day
The party is the first dedicated to an African American citizen. For decades, the figure of Martin Luther King was considered controversial by a part of American politics. The democrat Bernie Sanders also participated in the traditional march that is organized every year in 2019 (photo)
The video of Floyd’s death soon went viral on the net and thousands of people all over the world took to the streets, as well as sharing the phrase on social networks “I can’t breathe”, that the man had pronounced on his deathbed
The episode brought back the spotlight the issue of racial discrimination in the United States. “53 years after Martin Luther King’s death, the promised land where blacks could find their place on Earth remains a broken promise,” wrote the magazine’s columnist. Forbes Douglas Haynes
One of the most controversial administrations in American history, that of Donald Trump. The president did condemn the conduct of the agent responsible for Floyd’s death, but he did not spare attacks on protesters, going so far as to define Black Lives Matter as a symbol of hatred.