Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This Federal Holiday is in celebration of King’s immeasurable contribution to the Civil Rights Movement and the promotion of civil liberties for all. King is a pillar of social justice and inspiration to humankind for his work in nonviolent civil disobedience, fighting against segregation laws and his outspoken voice for equal rights.
In honor of King’s contributions to the United States, President Ronald Reagan signed national Martin Luther King Jr. Day into law in January 1983. This holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of January, and was created to honor King’s legacy and to inspire others to help their community. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is about taking “a day on, not off,” so whether you initiate a dialogue with your local community board about social programs or volunteering with youth organizations, you should spend your day trying to promote positive change.
See the Spring Creek Sun’s Sunspots (page 19) for local events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.