An Observance of a King

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Right before the third quarter of the school year begins, Deerfield Beach High School will take time to honor the day of Martin Luther King Jr. MLK day occurs on the third Monday of January of each year.

The purpose of MLK day is to celebrate all that King has done for the civil rights movement. It marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., January 15th. Amazingly, the third Monday of 2018 is January 15th, as well. After his assassination in 1968, a campaign began for a federal holiday. Almost two decades later, in 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law. In 2000, the holiday was observed in all fifty states for the first time.

The holiday is usually filled with events and services that are focused on paying homage to civil rights leader. The main event is known as the national Martin Luther King Day of service, where citizens use the holiday to participate in volunteer service in honor of King. A more local event is the MLK Celebration that the city of Deerfield Beach will be hosting. The event is a four-day celebration that features a weekend carnival, games, live entertainment, and a two-mile long parade and awards ceremony. The celebration starts on Friday, January 12th and ends on Monday, January 15th at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd Street. The event is free for all.

In observance, Deerfield Beach High School will be closed on Monday, January 15th.