King Day, celebrated on January 15 in 2018, is a United States federal holiday to honor the memory of Civil Rights leader, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr.
It's celebrated the third Monday in January, and, as it is a federal holiday, it means that we have no mail delivery; federal courts and offices are closed; most schools are closed; and we should fly the flag. (Almost all states also recognize Martin Luther King Day with closures of state offices and other officially recognized ceremonies.)
|Martin Luther King talking in Minnesota in 1967. Photo from the Minnesota Historical Society found at Wikipedia|
Martin Luther King would be 89 if he were still with us.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, so this year, 2018, we are celebrating King Day on King's actual birthday, which happens to be the third Monday of the month this year. King would be 89 if he were still living, but he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, when he was only 39 years old.
I was in high school in a suburb of Chicago, and I remember that time well. It was a time of sadness, anger, and uncertainty.