Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday
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The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a black American clergyman, is considered a great American, because of his tireless efforts to win civil rights for all people through nonviolent means ... with equality and justice for every American. Since his assassination in 1968, memorial services have marked his birthday on January 15. In 1986, that day was replaced by the third Monday of January, which was declared a national holiday.