Recognizing MLK Jr Day January 16, 2023

Last Updated January 18, 2023

The third Monday of January each year is recognized as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. America observed the first official Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20, 1986, under the Reagan administration. We celebrate the federal holiday this year on Monday, January 16, 2023, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, whose accomplishments have continued to inspire generations of Americans.

Dr. King was one of the most influential African American civil rights leaders during the 1960s. He advocated for the use of nonviolent means to end racial segregation and was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination in public accommodations, facilities, and employment. His vision for equality and civil disobedience changed the world for his children and the children of all oppressed people. His work towards a “beloved community” should never be forgotten, and serves as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done to reconcile and repair our country’s long and troubled history of racial inequality and injustice.

We must continue to speak out and act against discrimination everywhere. And we must continue to fight for equity and work to dismantle systematic racism by restructuring those systems that allow it to perpetuate.

How Do We Observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Los Angeles commonly celebrates this holiday with the Kingdom Day Parade. It’s an annual event that features live music, art, and activism. This year, it is scheduled for Monday, January 16, 2023, with the theme “America, The Last Best Hope of the World.” The parade is broadcast live from 11am to 1pm on ABC-7 Television.

For more information on the Kingdom Day Parade, visit

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Let us continue to honor and celebrate the great legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,

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