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Happy Martin Luther King Day to our USA people

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Held on the third Monday of January every year, Martin Luther King Day - also referred to as MLK Day - is a US federal holiday that marks the birthday of Baptist reverend and activist Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, who was a leading figure in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.

Officially designated as a federal holiday by US President Ronald Reagan in 1983, Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986. It is also known as a day of service - “a day on, not a day off” - on which Americans are urged to volunteer for charitable organisations to help their communities.

MLK Day is one of only two federal holidays to take place on someone’s birthday, with the other being the observance of George Washington’s birthday.

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