Martin Luther King Day is a state and federal holiday that is observed on the third Monday in January. This year, that falls on January 21st. The holiday commemorates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose actual birthday was January 15, 1929. During a visit to Memphis, the civil rights leader was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.
Today, the city remembers Dr. King with King Day events, including those at the National Civil Rights Museum, a facility built around the Lorraine Motel that showcases the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement. This year's King Day events include a weekend-long celebration at the National Civil Rights Musuem, concerts, and more.
Photo courtesy of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau