Although Martin Luther King Jr.’s actual birthday was January 15th, America remembers and recognizes the memory of the great civil rights leader on the third Monday of January each year. It was not long after his assassination in 1968 that a campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began. Ronald Reagan signed the day into law in 1983 and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we must honor and reflect on what this great activist and speaker did for human rights. With passionate words and not violence, he fought for equality; to end the segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation.
Watch Martin Luther King Jr. famous “I Have A Dream” speech.