Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968). He was born on January 15th, 1929 and was one of the most famous activists for civil rights movement.

About Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister who believed in fighting for civil rights through non-violence and civil disobedience. He was the big voice against segregation and racial inequality Martin Luther King Jr. was also involved in fighting against poverty and the Vietnam War. His speeches are still inspiring and moving. In 1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 and his death was followed by riots and suspicion.

How is Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated?

The birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. has been a federal holiday since 1986. He is also honored outside the United States in Canada, Israel, Japan, and the Netherlands. On this day educational events are organized including teaching about life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., historical visits to monuments dedicated to him, and volunteering actions.


When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated each year, on the third Monday of January.

Is Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of the ten federal holidays recognized by the United States Government. Federal non-essential government offices and many private businesses are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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