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Dr. King's 82nd Birthday | by Seattle Daily Photo
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Dr. King's 82nd Birthday

Today is the American holiday celebrating the work, legacy, and philosophy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a Christian minister who advocated peace in America's military and world affairs and nonviolnt action in the civil rights struggle of African Americans. This national holiday was establish in 1986, 18 years after King's assassination. That same year the King County Council passed a motion redesignating the namesake of King County (of which Seattle is a part) to commemorate MLK, rather than William Rufus DeVane King, a US Vice President under President Pierce, for whom the county had been originally named in 1852. This mural depicting the Reverend Dr. King in Seattle's Central District was painted by James Crespinel in 1995.

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Taken on October 11, 2009