Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2024

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2024

“Dr. King imagined a different future for America — an America he called the “Beloved Community.” Building the Beloved Community required a key shift in human understanding. It meant looking beyond external differences to see the union of all humankind. It also meant finding a way to deal with our grievances without animosity, in a way that recognized the interconnectedness of all humanity and allowed us to move forward together.

“From the pulpit to the podium to the streets, Dr. King devoted his life to the quest for this Beloved Community in our Nation. His activism and moral authority helped usher in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  He gave a voice to the restless spirit of millions yearning for change. He gave us a roadmap to unify, to heal and to sustain the blessings of the Nation to all of its people.”

Key Stats

Here are two infographics that highlight African American statistics. We first released the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” infographic to honor the 50th Anniversary of the civil rights activist’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.

Infographic: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Changes in the Nation’s African American Population Since 1964 (updated January 2023)

Infographic: Black Education on the Rise, Population Age 25 and Older With a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (updated January 2023)

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