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Celebrating MLK, Jan. 21

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.