Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated annually on the third Monday in January. Banks, post offices, and most schools are closed to recognize the day which falls on Monday, Jan. 20 this year. However, this year also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. Referred by some as Civil Rights Day because of the lasting impact and large contribution that MLK had in the Civil Rights Movement, the day of service encourages others to honor the leader’s life by making “it a day on, not a day off” by volunteering and giving back.
Martin Luther King was the leader of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia and lived in four different places during his life: Chicago, Pennsylvania, Montgomery, and Atlanta.
King, arguably, was one of the most influential people in history. He changed the way people viewed African Americans and changed millions of people’s lives. The holiday is followed up by Black History Month in February, the annual celebration of the significant roles African Americans have played in U.S. history.