Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed

Watch Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech

WRITTEN BY: Editorial Staff
Martin Luther King Jr.
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Martin Luther King Jr.

Schools and offices across the country have taken the day off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

As the Christian Science Monitor reports, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. It is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, established by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

To mark King's contributions to civil rights, volunteers and observers are asked to use this day off as a day of service and give back to their communities. As the Monitor reports, King himself said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”

Looking for inspiration to get you started on this day of service? Check out Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech below.