Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Next Monday, January 17th, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a federal holiday and school will not be held. The holiday was suggested in response to Dr. King’s assassination and the Holy Week Uprising just four days after his untimely death in 1968, but it was not officially passed into law until 1983.

Though Dr. King was assassinated in April, the holiday is instead observed on the third Monday of January to commemorate his birthday. Technically, his birthday is on January fifteenth, but legislators decided to place the holiday on Mondays to ensure a three day weekend for federal employees.

On that note, enjoy the three day weekend!

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