The third Monday of every January marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The day, which is an American federal holiday, celebrates the birthday of the civil rights leader despite not falling on his actual birth date, January 15th, the holiday is floating and is normally observed on the third Monday in January of each year. The idea and desire for Martin Luther King Jr. Day came after his assassination in 1968. In 1983, U.S. President Ronald Regan signed the holiday into law, with it being observed for the first time 3 years later in 1986.
MLK advocated nonviolent activism in the American civil rights movement, the goal was to end racial segregation and discrimination.
As we honor this man of vision, remember one of his most poignant quotes:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
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