Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
Born on January 15, 1929, and raised in segregated Georgia, Martin Luther King, Jr. went on to become a household name for his courageous leadership during the civil rights movement. By the time he was 35 years old, King was the youngest person ever to have received a Nobel Peace Prize.
King’s tireless efforts paved the way for the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, among other milestone legislative victories for the civil rights movement. He remains known worldwide for his unwavering commitment to promoting nonviolent activism in the face of violent racism. From leading peaceful protests to publishing eye-opening literature, he dedicated his life to combatting racial injustice and serving as a voice for the oppressed.
To honor his legacy, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a federal holiday and is observed annually on his birthday. Because he dedicated his life to improving the well-being of others, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to promote nationwide volunteer work and inspire people to improve the livelihood of their communities.
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we encourage you to engage with your community and take constructive action by volunteering to serve others. Together, we can keep King’s legacy alive by making a difference within our own communities.