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Celebrate the Dreamer

1/17/2014, 5:26 p.m.

On Jan. 20, the nation will observe the 27th Martin Luther King Jr. Day with volunteer work, parades and speeches.

The national holiday celebrates the 85th birthday of King, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929.

The Baptist minister led the 1960s civil rights movement that opposed segregation and fought for voting and civil rights for African-Americans. King, who grew up on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39 in Memphis, Tenn. He was in that city to support garbage workers fighting unfair working conditions and low pay.