Each year, on the third Monday of January, we celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. This January 15, we honor his legacy and acknowledge his courage to stand up for equality and commitment to ending racial segregation in the United States. The concept of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday was originally promoted by labor unions. After King’s death, U.S. Representative John Conyers and U.S. Senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The holiday was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986. Dr. King’s legacy and impact on our world will never be forgotten.