The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. inspired us to stand up against racial injustice over 60 years ago, helping to spark a civil rights movement that is still on the move today.
Highlighting that movement is an ongoing process – not a moment relegated to history – is the goal of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Google Doodle in honor of the civil rights pioneer. The Doodle depicts the arc of motion as it continues to move forward.
Born January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, King began preaching as a Baptist minister in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1954. His message of nonviolent civil disobedience and love, delivered through powerful speeches and writings, shaped the character of the church. movement.
He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott against the racial segregation policy in the city of Alabama’s public transportation system. In 1963, he delivered his iconic I Have a Dream speech, calling for an end to racism, during the March on Washington.
The Monday Doodle was created by guest artist from Brooklyn, New York, Olivia Fields, who said her life was shaped by past activism and continued to be shaped by the ongoing movement. She said that in creating the Doodle, she was inspired by a famous quote from King reflecting his always optimistic view of how long it would take to see social justice: “How long? Not long because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it leans toward justice. How long? Not long,” he said as part of a speech concluding the march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama on March 25, 1965.
“I decided to focus on the look of an arc to establish movement in the part,” Fields told Google. “While it is focused on the future, I hope people will consider the importance of connection, especially in this present moment.
“It goes without saying how important (and essential) support is,” she said.
The actual anniversary of King’s birthday was Saturday, but a federally-sanctioned holiday in 1983 sets aside the third Monday of every January to observe his birthday. The holiday is typically marked each year in communities across the US by marches, speeches, lectures and music programs highlighting King’s leadership.