Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
|"Ronald Reagan Martin Luther King Day signing"|
by White House Photographic Office - Flickr Commons.
King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
This year I was especially thrilled to see a musical tribute to the late Dr. King created by two well-known a capella groups - The Maccabeats and Naturally 7.
America desperately needs to re-calibrate its commitment to the safety and well-being of African American communities around the country. Black lives matter. It's not just a hashtag. I am so grateful to the Maccabeats for showing the world that Jews care about our black neighbors. If you are inspired as well, make sure to take the next step and *do* something to contribute to the racial harmony and welfare within your own community.
Please enjoy the video by clicking below.