Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. Dr. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism during the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination under 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.