Celebrated annually on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States dedicated to commemorating the life and accomplishments of the famous civil rights leader who dedicated his life to advancing the rights of minorities. Martin Luther was a Baptist minister who fought for equality through non-violent protests. He is known for participating in and leading marches for blacks’ disintegration, labor rights, and voting, among other basic human rights.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day promotes equal rights for all Americans regardless of their racial, gender, religious, or ethnic backgrounds. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is arguably one of the most recognized holidays of the year. Federal offices and most workplaces take the day off as school honor King by teaching about his accomplishments. Private organizations have encouraged Americans to volunteer in honor of the civil rights leader. Besides reflecting on King’s valuable teachings, the national holiday is used by activists to address social problems and bridge barriers that affect us today.