TBT – Happy Birthday, MLK!

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Jamaica Dr. King addresses a large crowd at the National Stadium after receiving the keys to the city of Kingston, presented by the Commissioner of the KSAC, Mr. Eustace Bird. -Gleaner Photo
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Jamaica
Dr. King addresses a large crowd at the National Stadium after receiving the keys to the city of Kingston, presented by the Commissioner of the KSAC, Mr. Eustace Bird. -Gleaner Photo

Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr would have been 86 years old today.

In 1965, Dr King Jr broke a busy schedule in the US to keep this engagement at the University of the West Indies, Mona, where he delivered the valedictory address at The University of the West Indies, Mona. One of his main themes was “no man is an island,” inspired by a sermon by John Donne, 16th-century dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Explore our Famous Foreigners feature that shares some of the memorable moments from Dr. King’s visit  – where he went and what he said.

Every year, the third Monday in January is celebrated as Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday in the United States. Many Americans honour Dr King’s dedication to service by undertaking projects to better their neighbors and communities.