Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the birthday of Rev. King who was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He is a human-rights icon. “I Have a Dream“ is the popular name given to the public speech in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination.
The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986.