Celebrating Dr. King January 17, 2022 Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday in the United States. Observed on the third Monday of January each year, it commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a minister who became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, fighting for equal rights for African Americans who were victims of segregation and discrimination. He believed in equality that America should be fair to everyone regardless of their race. Did You Know…? In 1968, Dr. King joined other civil rights leaders to stand with City of Memphis garage men as they went on strike to improve pay and working conditions. He was assassinated in April of that year, shortly after the strike began. Dr. King cared for the essential workers who get up early in the mornings, service their communities, and work hard. As Waste Pros, we stand with this holiday, Dr. King’s legacy, and those who dedicate their service to this industry.