In 1986 President Ronald Reagan declared the third Monday in January a US federal holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day –
A Day to Celebrate Peace and Human Rights
As a federal holiday in the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an official day of remembrance for one of the United States’ foremost leaders of civil rights, human rights, and peace. The holiday is held on the third Monday of January since this is around the time of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Despite the fact that this special day had some difficulty becoming fully recognized, it is now a notable day used to celebrate peace and human rights in the US and some other countries around the world.