The birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. is observed on the third Monday of January in the United States of America.
Martin Luther was the main spokesperson for non-violent protest of civil rights movement. This was later responsible for wiping out racial discrimination from the United States. He was assassinated in 1968.
After the death of Martin Luther, United States Senator Edward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) and John Conyers a Democrat from Michigan) forwarded the idea of observing the birthday of Martin Luther.
But the US House of Representatives did not approved the idea of observing this day as a national holiday on grounds that ‘a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office)’.
United States celebrates national holidays only for two people- Christopher Columbus and George Washington.
Oneworldnews salutes the great leader who worked untiringly for eliminating racial discrimination.