Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of each January. King’s actual birthday is January 15th.
King was the one of the main spokespeople for non violent community activism within the civil rights movement, which protested racial discrimination and ultimately succeeded in changing federal and state law. King was unfortunately assassinated in 1968. In 1983 U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law and it was first observed in 1986. The day celebrating his birthday was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
Take a few moments today and think about the significance Dr. King holds in our history. Many of the same rights and values that he fought for in the 1960’s are the same ones that we want for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our New Directions… New Lives initiative is our strategic plan to make that happen at CRVI and in our community.
Happy Martin Luther King Day to all!