Monday, Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States honoring King’s birth date. The holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year., though his actual date of birth was Jan. 15.
The holiday commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a Baptist minister and a pivotal leader in the American civil rights movement. He was an advocate for nonviolent protests to end racial segregation in the U.S and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964 for his work. He was assassinated in 1968.