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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21.
King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
About Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968.
Born: 15 January 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Famous speech: I Have a Dream Trending
Assassinated: 4 April 1968, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Memphis
Education: Boston University (1951–1955), MORE
Siblings: A. D. King, Christine King Farris
What is Martin Luther King Day?
Martin Luther King Day is a United States federal holiday. It is celebrated annually on the third Monday of January and is also known as King Day or MLK Day. In some states it is also commonly referred to as Civil Rights Day or Human Rights Day. In recent years it is increasingly seen to be a ‘Day of Service’ when Americans are encouraged to volunteer to help others less fortunate than themselves.
Martin Luther King Day commemorates the birthday of American civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrates his life, achievements and legacy.
King was hugely influential in the American Civil Rights Movement (despite never holding public office) and was a major advocate of non-violent activism in the struggle for the end of racial discrimination under US law. He was assassinated in 1968.
This federal holiday in King’s honor was created in 1983, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and first observed in January 1986. It is sometimes also referred to as “Civil Rights Day” or “Human Rights Day”.
2019 MLKCC Theme – #UNITY
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee (MLKCC) is a non-profit organization that exists to perpetuate the memory of Dr. King and his legacy of achievement to future generations. Since 1986, MLKCC has sponsored events to celebrate the holiday honoring Dr. King and serves as advocates of social, racial, and ethnic harmony – cornerstones of Dr. King’s dream for justice, fairness, and equality.
Additionally, MLKCC seeks to honor Dr. King’s admonition of service to the community by sponsoring both the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dennis R. Edwards Memorial scholarships to deserving high school graduates, participating in various worthy community uplift projects, and encouraging its members to take roles in numerous civic, charitable, and cultural endeavors.
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