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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.

MLK Quote: "The time is always right to do what's right"

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.


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.

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What are you doing to make this world a better place? ☝🏿 #MLKDay #Boss

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The time is always right to do what is right. -Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLK #MLKDay

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#mlkday #motivationmonday #thankyoumlk50 #happymlkday

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