Martin Luther King Holiaday

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.In observance to Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday, January 17, 2011. The Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association office will be closed. Please feel free to contact us the following Tuesday, January 18, 2011.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated by a prison escapee in 1968 on the balcony of a hotel as he went to get some fresh air before making a speech.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. 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. Trevor Siemian Womens Jersey