Martin Luther King Day, first observed as a national holiday in 1986, celebrates the life and achievements of the civil rights leader who was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., an advocate of nonviolent protest and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was assassinated in 1968.

On April 3, 1968, King delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis, Tenn. The next day, King, 39, was fatally shot while standing on the balcony of his motel.

Many of us have the day off from school and work for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day and we should reflect on his contributions to society and the civil rights movement.

MLK’s birthday was yesterday January 15th!