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Dates
third Monday of January
16th January, 2017
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#MartinLutherKingJrDay

Learn about Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr is known as one of the most inspirational people in United States history because of his efforts to bring civil and equal rights for minorities to the law. Although many have heard his story, his impact of the world is significant enough that a holiday was created to keep reminding people that his values are what makes civil rights movements important even today.

History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which takes place on the official birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., which acknowledges King efforts in nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement.  Hi movements throughout his time were popular and successful, allowing people to start protesting racial discrimination in federal and state law. When King got assassinated in 1968, people started campaigning for a holiday to commemorate King for his efforts in civil nonviolent protest. Years later, President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.

While originally when the holiday became official, some states took longer to adjust to the holiday and tried to combine it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. Since then, schools, public museums, nonprofit organizations and federal building observe this holiday as a beginning to civil rights movements, and served as a gateway for movements such as the social justice movements in the United States. Many learn about the history of Martin Luther King Jr, his speeches, his background, and the people he inspired.

How to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

If you want to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr, the visit a museam dedicated to civil rights movements and take the time to see history as it went when a man dediced to change everything. You can also visit informative webites online that dedicate their pages to Martin Luther King Jr and listen to his speeches. Share this holiday on your favorite social media website using the hashtag #martinlutherkingjrday and let everyone know how important this day is to you.

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