Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He was a champion of nonviolent civil disobedience, carrying on a tradition he saw in the writings of Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi. In 1964, at age 35, he became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. It says: “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination.”
In 1994, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was designated a national day of volunteer service. If you would like to register your service project, find a volunteer opportunity, or create your own neighborhood, family or individual project, visit www.mlkday.gov.