When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018? Here is the MLK Day date for the year—plus, learn more about this influential American civil rights leader.
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was a Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and civil rights leader who championed justice and equality. As he said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. King was also a great advocate of change through nonviolence civil actions based on his Christian values. He was a great speaker, and his powerful words resonate with us today.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
–Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–68)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
|Year||Martin Luther King, Jr., Day|
|2017||Monday, January 16|
|2018||Monday, January 15|
|2019||Monday, January 21|
Is Martin Luther King Jr. Day a Federal Holiday?
Yes, the third Monday in January has been a federal holiday since 1986. This means it is a day off for federal employees as well as many schools.
On this holiday, we are paying tribute to the Dr. King’s principles, perhaps best exemplified by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963:
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”
For more about this leader, go to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site of the National Park Service.
Americans are encouraged to observe this day as not just a day off work but also a “Day of Service” to others with appropriate civic, community, and service projects. Visit www.MLKDay.gov to find Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service projects across our country.