The United States has three people with a national holiday to honor them:  George Washington, Christopher Columbus, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1979 U.S Representative John Conyers (Michigan Dem) and US Senator Edward Brooke (Mass Republican) introduced a bill to Congress to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday.  The bill fell short by 5 votes.  It was later introduced in 1983 by freshman U.S Representative Katie Hall (Indiana’s first African American member in the U.S House).  President Ronald Regan (who originally opposed the holiday) signed the bill which passed 338-90 in the House.

Although Dr. King was born January 15, 1929, the holiday is observed on the third Monday of January.  Martin Luther King Jr Day was first observed as a federal holiday January 20, 1986.  Originally some states gave it alternative names or combined it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.  The day is celebrated as A Day of Service.  People are encouraged to help others and use the holiday as “A Day ON, Not A Day OFF” in honor of MLK Remembrance.  For service activities and ideas go HERE .  You can also follow MLKDay on Twitter.

MLK Quote

Happy Birthday Dr. King!!!!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. 

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther Kind Jr.

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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