Beyond being the third Monday of every January, Martin Luther King Junior Day carries rich cultural and social significance, serving as a tribute to an important Civil Rights leader. This special federal holiday commemorates Martin Luther King Junior’s efforts to fight against racial injustice and prejudice.
The origins of Martin Luther King Junior Day followed the aftermath of his assassination April 4, 1968. King was known for activism through speeches and protests, focusing on racial equality through career choices and public amenities. For example, his renowned “I Have a Dream” speech focused on underlining the importance of ending racism through social acceptance and creating a place where everyone is equal.
Although King was assassinated by James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Junior is continuously honored through Martin Luther King Junior Day.
Since its implementation in 1968, this Jan. 15 marks a day for reflection and community service in King’s honor.