Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January, although his actual birthday is January 15th. I am from Mississippi and have vivid memories of growing up in the late 60s and the civil unrest that was present at that time. I was 11 years old when he was shot in Memphis. I later lived in Memphis and drove by the Lorraine Motel every day on the way to work.
While recognition of this holiday has been reluctant in some areas and some states have chosen alternate names, since 2000 it has been observed in all states. Dr. King led peaceful protests and preached love and understanding. Peace & Love...all you need to add is a cupcake!