Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated to commemorate not only the legacy of King's civil rights achievements, but also to celebrate and be reminded of his dreams of tolerance and equality. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day also encourages and celebrates intercultural and interracial volunteering and service projects, with many organizations, churches and neighborhoods participating every year.Continue Reading
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is a federal holiday in the United States, is observed on the third Monday of each January, which falls on or near King's birthday of January 15. Schools are closed across the country, but many of them still organize assemblies and projects to honor Dr. King.
Martin Luther King, Jr. lead the Civil Rights Movement in the most peaceful way possible, promoting non-violent activism while protesting racial inequality and discrimination at both state and federal levels. After his assassination in 1968 and in honor of his efforts, a campaign for the holiday began. After many years, President Ronald Reagan signed the laws designating the holiday in 1983. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was not officially observed until 1986, with some states continuing to resist it as a federal holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was not officially observed by all 50 states until January 2000.Learn more about US History