Daily Almanac for Monday, January 18, 2021: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 1963 Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C. photo by By Rowland Scherman – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S BIRTHDAY (OBSERVED)

Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been a federal holiday in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and civil rights leader dedicated to nonviolence. This is a day to honor King’s principles, perhaps best exemplified by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'”

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