Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third
Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of
Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights
leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial
segregation in the United States.
Many people celebrate MLK Day as a day of service, a part of
United We Serve, the President's national call to service
initiative. Visit MLKDay.gov for projects in the area.
While President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in
1983, it was not officially observed in all 50 states until the
year 2000, with South Carolina being the last to sign the bill.