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About Martin Luther King Jr Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday falling on the third Monday of every January. The day, also celebrating King’s birthday, honors his legacy and shines a light on civil rights. King was assassinated in April 1968 on a motel balcony in Memphis.
On Nov. 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill marking the third Monday of every January as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. King was born on January 15, 1929. The holiday was approved as a federal holiday in 1983, becoming the first federal holiday honoring an African American.
Since then, many individuals and businesses have used to day to give back through public service.