“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.” – Cloretta Scott King, wife.
The petition for Congress to create a holiday for MLK was signed by over six million people. It was declared “the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history” by The Nation magazine in 2006. Stevie Wonder was one of the biggest supporters and helped gain supports with his song “Happy Birthday.” On October 3, 1983, Ronald Reagan signed the bill that declared every third Monday of January to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Today we celebrate the third Monday in January as a day of service. Many people take this day off from work or school to volunteer and donate time to the community. The main goal of this holiday is to help one another as equals no matter what the circumstance.
We hope you have a great day, whether from your office, school or your home.