The greatest civil rights leader in the history of America is Martin Luther King Jr. In 1983 congress passed legislation, of which President Reagan signed, that proclaimed the third Monday in January would be used to recognize the accomplishments of this civil rights icon.
The contributions of Black Americans can be seen all over American society, even in the fabric of Southern Gospel music. It is a well-known fact that as far back as the Statesmen (40s/50s/60s), they were using traditional Black spirituals along with their traditional quartet repertoire. The biggest example was the song, “Get Away Jordan”, penned by legend Dorothy Coates.