10 Facts About MLK Day: Photo of the Day 1/22/20


Katie Strawbridge, Reporter

Last Monday, since Martin Luther King Jr. Day is recognized as a federal holiday students across the county had the day off from school. Here are 10 facts about this important day.

  1. This year’s MLK Day celebrated what would have been Dr. King’s 91st birthday.
  2. Surprisingly, he rarely celebrated his birthday during his lifetime.
  3. Ronald Reagan signed a law in 1983 that made it a federal holiday.
  4. MLK Day is observed on the 3rd Monday of January.
  5. He started the first major nonviolent protest against segregation in the U.S.
  6. He was beaten and arrested during a 382-day long boycott of public bus services.
  7. He argued that citizens had “a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
  8. He organized a March on Washington of over 250,00 people in 1963.
  9. It was during this march when he delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech.”
  10. At age 35, he became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.