“I decided to focus on the visual of an arc to establish the movement in the piece,” Fields told Google. “Although it is future-focused, I hope people consider the importance of the connection, especially in this present moment.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired us to rise up against racial injustice more than 60 years ago, helping spark a civil rights movement that is still in motion today.
He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott against the policy of racial segregation in the Alabama city’s public transit system. In 1963, he delivered his iconic I Have a Dream speech, calling for an end to racism, during the March on Washington.
Born Jan. 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 movement.
Highlighting that the movement is an ongoing process — and not a moment relegated to history — is the goal of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Google Doodle honoring the civil rights pioneer. The Doodle depicts the arc of the movement as it continues to move forward.
“It goes without saying how important (and essential) support is,” she said.
The real anniversary of King’s birthday was Saturday, but a federal holiday signed into law in 1983 sets aside the third Monday of each January to observe his birthday. The holiday is typically marked each year in communities across the US by marches, speeches, lectures and musical programs highlighting King’s leadership.
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