The History of The Martin Luther King Holiday: A Historical Timeline

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., a Michigan-based personal injury law firm, has published the first infographic depicting the historical timeline of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday.

Today, more than ever, the message of Dr. King resonates loudly with new generations in this country. This easy-to-read infographic is free to download and can be used to teach important lessons to students about civil liberties, human rights and tolerance. 

Why Did Buckfire Law Create This Infographic?

Buckfire Law created this infographic because of our dedication to diversity. We wanted to celebrate and honor the holiday by spreading awareness and information via this comprehensive timeline.

The firm also awards annual diversity scholarships to both medical school and law school students who exemplify the ideas and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. in their personal and educational history. The scholarships have helped many students afford the cost of attending professional school across the United States.

Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, as the date typically falls near Martin Luther King's birthday on January 15. The holiday is meant to commemorate the life and legacy of the man who lead the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement, which made great strides for race relations in America.

As the King Center puts it, "The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality."

Many people observe MLK Day with a Day of Service, participating in volunteer programs throughout the country. The holiday also serves as an opportunity to incorporate the history of the Civil Rights Movement as well as the values of justice, equality, and nonviolence in classrooms across the country.

How Can I Celebrate Martin Luther King Day in Michigan?

There are many events going on throughout the state of Michigan celebrating MLK Day and the values it represents. Here are just a few that you and your family can participate in:

  • The Henry Ford Museum - The museum opens its doors for free on MLK Day. This includes a chance to sit in the Rosa Parks Bus and learn about other individuals who contributed to the Civil Rights Movement through an interactive show.
  • The University of Michigan MLK Day Symposium - Each year UM organizes exhibits, lectures, community service projects and more throughout the entire month of January to commemorate MLK's life and legacy. Events include a Children's Day and other family-friendly activities.
  • MLK Peace Walk - Organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc., this event has been going on for over 30 years. It takes place annually in Southfield. The organization promotes the importance of celebrating MLK Day.
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service - This organization provides a resource for finding an MLK Day volunteer opportunity near you.

Many people also commemorate the holiday by revisiting one of Dr. King's famous speeches. Listen to "I Have a Dream" here, and find links to some of his lesser-known speeches here, courtesy of CNN.

History of The Martin Luther King Holiday Infographic Available For Free Download

The infographic is available for download at and can be used as a teaching tool for teachers, students and children of all ages.

We encourage you to share it with friends, family and colleagues, and post it on your website. The infographic can easily be embedded on Facebook pages, blogs and websites by copying and pasting the embed code at the bottom of this page.

History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Timeline

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About Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.

Founded in 1969 by David Buckfire, Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represents clients injured in all types of accident and injury cases. The six-attorney law firm offers a number of academic scholarships to assist exceptional students with a commitment to diversity complete their education. For more information about the scholarship programs, contact the scholarship committee at [email protected].

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