Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is held on the third Monday of January each year. This guide provides resources by and about Dr. King. Explore them to learn about, and be inspired by, his life and the Civil Right Movement that challenged the laws and institutions of racial injustice.
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While jailed for violating an injunction against protesting, in April, 1963, Dr. King wrote a letter in response to white local clergy who criticized his work and in support of the importance of civil rights protesting. This important document is known as the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." For more information and historical context: