Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated the third Monday of January (the 21st this year) to mark his January 15 birthday, but more importantly to remember the contributions of the United States’ most storied civil rights advocate.
President Ronald Reagan signed MLK Day into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the holiday was officially observed in all 50 states.
REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING
The biggest names in sports, from LeBron James to to Shannon Sharpe, posted tributes to King on Instagram to commemorate his contribution to elevating race relations in the country through non-violent protests — an effort that cost the Baptist minister his life at just 39 years of age.
Today, I remember the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a time when they are no less relevant than they were during his time. Today, let us all try to take his message to heart. In his words, “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” #MLK