Al Jazeera takes a look at this federal holiday and what it means in the United States.
As the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday, we take a look at the celebration and its origins:
What is Martin Luther King Jr Day and how did it come to be a holiday?
- Martin Luther King Jr Day is a federal holiday in the United States that takes place on the third Monday in January. It honours the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
- Each year, the celebration takes place on the Monday closest to his birthday, which is on January 15. This year, it is being held on January 16.
- Sunday would have been King’s 94th birthday. He was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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