The third Monday of every January we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But I wonder if you knew some interesting facts about this day.
- His actual birthday is January 15th but because that day would fall on a different day each year, they decided to pick the closest day to which his birthday would fall on, which happens to be the third Monday of every January.
- A campaign to get make it a holiday, in honor of him, started in 1968, soon after his assassination.
- President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983 and it was first observed 3 years later.
- Some states resisted observing the holiday and some even combined it with other holidays. Some states even changed the name of it.
- It wasn't until 2000 that all states finally acknowledge it as a holiday, 32 years after it was campaigned for and 17 years after President Reagan signed it as a holiday.
- New Hampshire was the last state to have the holiday named after him.
- A Japanese city called Hiroshima also celebrates MLK day
- As does Toronto, Canada
- In honor of MLK, hundreds of volunteer centers and volunteers across the country donate their time to make a difference on this day
I have yet to see Selma but I have heard how amazing it is. I have read a lot of facts and information on Martin Luther King Jr. and to this day, I find him one of the greatest men to ever walk this Earth. His bravery, his courage, his drive, his message, his life is something that needs to be celebrated.
Even though I do work on MLK day, I still take the time to thank him and thank my God above for giving the World a man like this. He should be remembered for being the voice of reminder to us all on how we are all created equal in the eyes of God and how we are all united as one, no matter the skin color.
He should and he will be remembered for this. This is why there is a day named after him.
"I have decided to stick with Love. Hate is too great a burden to bear"- MLK, JR