By: Madeline Hsu

Every January on the third Monday of the month, a majority of students and workers have a day off. Do you ever wonder why? It is thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he contributed to our country. This holiday takes place around Martin Luther King’s birthday each year.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. When he was growing up, he faced many problems. Many of his neighbors were white and their parents wouldn’t allow their kids to play with him. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, there were many problems around segregation. African Americans were often mistreated due to the color of their skin.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to stop all these problems from occurring. MLK Jr. played an important role in the American Civil Rights Movement. He led many peaceful protests against racism and other problems that occurred in our world back then. He wanted to create an Earth with equality. Where all men and women are treated the same without any discrimination.

MLK Day has been a holiday since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill making a U.S. federal holiday in honor of MLK Jr. It has been celebrated on the third Monday of January since then. He has left a strong impact on our country and our lives today.