Each year on the third Monday of January we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
It’s observed on the third Monday of January rather than directly on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday because it follows the guidelines of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
King was an influential civil rights leader — well known for his work on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. His life and achievements are remembered and celebrated on this day. It is also a time to reflect on the work that still needs to be done for racial equality.