Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is often referred to as the chief leader of the civil rights movement that successfully targeted laws associated with racial discrimination through nonviolent activism.
King was assassinated in 1968. Fifteen years later, President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
Please join us as we recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his visionary leadership, tireless advocacy, and significant achievements. With much work that remains, we continue to learn from his teachings and writings today.