|Martin Luther King Jr. Day|
Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964
|Official name||Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Also called||MLK Day, King Day|
|Observed by||United States|
|Date||Third Monday in January|
|2014 date||January 20 (2014-01-20)|
|2015 date||January 19 (2015-01-19)|
|2016 date||January 18 (2016-01-18)|
|2017 date||January 16 (2017-01-16)|
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. The floating holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
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