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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Honored With Google's 'Dream' Doodle

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Google's homepage logo was transformed on Monday to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have been 83 years old on January 15.

King was assassinated in 1968 while standing on the balcony of his hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

The doodle, which was created by artist and author Faith Ringgold, features some of the most famous lines from King's "I Have A Dream" speech, which he delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during 1963's March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom.

"I have a dream that my four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin," reads the doodle.

The actual line from King's speech is longer, and reads, "I have a dream that my four little 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."

The doodle also includes the line "We shall overcome someday," which, according to The Washington Post, was not only a phrase King often used, but is also a reference to the song "We Shall Overcome" which was an anthem of the civil-rights movement.

King was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. He attended Morehouse College and later Boston University where he received a doctorate in theology. King's first major contribution to the civil-rights movement came when he lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. The boycott lasted 382 days, and succeeded in overturning laws requiring segregation on buses.

In 1964, at the age of 35, King became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which he received for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination. According to official Nobel Prize website, King gave his prize money to the
civil-rights movement.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is observed annually on the third Monday of January, was first celebrated in 1986, although it took until 2000 for all states to observe the day, notes SearchEngineWatch

Check out Google's homage to Martin Luther King Jr. below. Last year's doodle, which you can see here, featured children playing hopscotch.

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