(Statewide) — Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day to recognize a leader in America’s civil rights movement who protested racial discrimination.
Most federal, state, county and city offices are closed today. Essential services such as law enforcement, some healthcare services, and jails are still operating. Banks and schools are likely closed for the holiday. There is no regular mail delivery.
The Missouri Legislature will not be in session on Monday in Jefferson City, because of the holiday. Both chambers plan to get back to work Tuesday.
King, who advocated non-violence, is known for his “I Have a Dream” speech that he delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.
He was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis.
In 1983, then-U.S. Rep. Katie Hall, D-Indiana, proposed legislation to create a federal holiday honoring King. Then-President Ronald Reagan signed it into law that year.
The holiday was first observed in 1986.
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