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Monday, January 18th is the 2021 observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Since it is a federally recognized holiday, schools, libraries, and most federal and state offices are closed. In fact, according to a 2019 Bloomberg Law survey, 45% of employers give workers a paid day off for MLK Day. 

Dr. King is most known for being an American pastor and civil rights leader. In 1956, he led a boycott of segregated bus lines in Montgomery, Alabama and gained momentum as a civil rights leader when buses in the area began to operate on more of a desegregated basis. He also organized the Southern Leadership Christian Conference, which gave him a base to further his pursuits in civil rights activities. 

King was arrested numerous times throughout the 50s and 60s due to his philosophy of nonviolent resistance and protests. In 1963, he received worldwide attention for his protest in Birmingham, Alabama. Then, in August 1963, he organized the March on Washington with over 200,000 people in support and delivered his historical “I Have a Dream” speech. 

Due to his numerous victories within the civil rights movement, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at the age of 35. He was the youngest man to receive the honor. 

In April 1968, Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of a motel in Tennessee. Just four days after his death, Representative John Conyers introduced legislation to introduce an MLK Jr. Holiday. The official bill to create Martin Luther King Day was passed in the Senate with sponsorship from Senator Ted Kennedy in October 1983. That November, President Reagan signed the bill establishing that every third Monday in January would be observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday beginning in 1986. The third Monday in January was chosen because it falls around Dr. King’s birthday, which was January 15th, 1929. The holiday wasn’t observed by all 50 states until 1993. 

        Monday, January 18th is the 2021 observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. Since it is a federally recognized holiday, schools, libraries, and most federal and state offices are closed. In fact, according to a 2019 Bloomberg Law survey, 45% of employers give workers a paid day off for MLK Day.

        Dr. King is most known for being an American pastor and civil rights leader. In 1956, he led a boycott of segregated bus lines in Montgomery, Alabama and gained momentum as a civil rights leader when buses in the area began to operate on more of a desegregated basis. He also organized the Southern Leadership Christian Conference, which gave him a base to further his pursuits in civil rights activities.

        King was arrested numerous times throughout the 50s and 60s due to his philosophy of nonviolent resistance and protests.

 

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