Parades and special events will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in America on Monday, Jan. 21, as citizens remember the slain civil rights leader.

Government buildings, banks and public parks that are not affected by the partial government shutdown are closed today.

Most public schools are closed today. Museums and visitor's centers are also closed but the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta is open.

The holiday was signed into law by President Ronald Regan in 1983, and it was officially observed as a holiday 3 years later.

King was born in Atlanta on Jan. 15, 1929. He was killed at age 39 on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The motel still looks the same today as it did on that fateful day in 1968. The motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum.

Atlantans will observe MLK Day with a series of special events, including a memorial service to honor King's legacy in Cobb County.

MLK Day will be observed in South Los Angeles with the 34th Annual Kingdom Day Parade. Other cities also plan parades.

Photos by Win McNamee/Getty Images, Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • Seldomseen

    Happy MLK day! Let us move forward as a people. OT my beloved NOLA Saints were robbed of a Super Bowl spot HOLD ME??

  • Kendra Foster

    HAPPY MLK Day!!! Celebrate not hate.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • No Love Lost
  • Around the world

    That's because he's a racist.

  • hottlanta

    Happy dr. King day. I am looking at the view n l c shirley chisolm speaking n it took me back 2the moment l met her in person. I was in awe 2 be in the presence of greatness. I will never forget it.

  • Mielle Downey

    Tip my hat to a real one on his special day. I pray to God the fake ones get exposed = Eff Cardi B and her awful offensive Coretta Scott King skit & Colin and Nessa the "arab hefer" that call black people racist names can kick rocks.

  • hottlanta

    Thats bcas he cant read. Notice no email objection from copresident ann coulter.

  • hottlanta

    Atl doesnt feel sorry for the saints at all.

  • Around the world

    I've been hearing that a lot. People are saying that Trump can not read.

    And came across this disturbing video about him.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BsuSZCpBN0W/

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    If Martin Luther king was alive today what do you think he would say?

  • Rayne

    Love ?? you Martin. And thank you!

  • Ghost

    Thank you Dr. King.....??

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I haven't gone through the comments. For the people in Atlanta has the Jasmine Eiland situation made it to the news yet? She went live on FB while at the club on her b'day. She is seen dancing and talking to some dude, then she is allegedly drugged and raped on the dance floor. The rape is captured on live. Some people are claiming they see a pill in her cup. Anyways, she's yelling for him to stop and for someone to help her. You can go to her FB page and see the video

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    oh no! who wants to watch a rape video???? not today Jesus.

  • CookieMobster

    Get it together my people, get back to putting God and family 1st.

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Sorry off topic but y'all heard the rumour about Teyana Taylor's husband yet?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    They were asking people to watch the video to help identify the man. You could stop the video before it got to the rape. In any event, I think he has been apprehended.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Crawl back in his grave and say fck this chyt. Look at the condition of our people, no unity, no love, sad

  • millz
  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    The FBI recorded sex orgys with doctor king with men and women and he was having sex with a white women while married he was freaking Joan boaz this is all common knowledge... this is sad and if you don’t belive me research for your self

  • Renee26

    Spill it! ?

  • Renee26

    Oh my! Very brazen of him

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Yes it’s awful do black folks even understand what life is about I don’t think so .. our main thing is to show off in each other

  • Renee26

    I hope so!!

  • Victor Nathan

    so?????.....did they tell you he was impotent?

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Knocked up the lady he and his wife had threesome with!!!

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Well he has been rumoured to have impregnated the lady he and Teyana had a threesome with.

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Don't know whether it's during the threesome or after.

  • Seldomseen

    No love lost

  • ClaireHuxtable

    That's a lovely mural.
    If you have a chance to visit the museum in Memphis, do so. They've done a wonderful job and it's a humbling experience.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Same to you! The world is a better place because he was in it. We should take the promise forward.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    U had me until U put the Saints in there l0l!

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    I didn’t see that in the file... he had plenty of kids how could he unless it some later in life like most men

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    That's it, no love , black men pimping women for fame, no family structure. No respect. Leaving black women and men to marry their oppressor. I think MLK, saying look at this chyt and rolls over and continue to rest in peace

  • noluvlost

    Nooooo not Iman

  • noluvlost

    Wtf is going on.

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    I hope so too like I said it's a rumour.

  • tia

    Threesomes are nothing but the devil!

  • noluvlost

    Best comment in awhile

  • millz

    I call it the Sarah syndrome... you can’t bring something temporary in not knowing that it might stay forever... this usually happens with three sums ... was this while they were together or apart when it happened is the question..,

  • Coffee1st

    AND TO THAT, I SAY THIS:
    Thank you Martin.
    I heard Stevie Wonders, Happy Birthday, this morning. I've heard that song too many times over. But today, it struck something in me...and my heart began to hurt.
    What a sacrifice.
    I don't think he really understood how dark, insidious, corrupt and hateful the powers that he decided to wage battle against, really was. Over the past couple of years, these "woke", ungrateful Negroes who thoughtlessly stand on the shoulders of his leadership spit on his name. Noone ever said he was a man perfect in all of his ways. He was just that, a man. A man who knew SOMETHING had to be done, knew the iron was hot and accepted a position that brought him abuse, threats to his & his family's life, anxiety, stress, jail time, seperation from his wife & kids, grief and ultimately death. He carried great burdens. He didn't have all the answers and he sometimes faltered under those burdens, but who can deny the sacrifice. I mean, WHO chooses that life. I say again, WHO in their right minds CHOOSES that life. Well...HE did.
    They want us, ourselves, to tarnish one of our Generals. I simply won't do it. They tried the same with Malcom, who I have an even deeper affection for.
    I am grateful for this man's courage and efforts.
    And I am humbled by his sacrifice.
    --------------------------
    Now i coulda said eat s**t & die...or "research deez nutz".....but I didn't....cuz I'm Saved. ?

  • Renee26

    When will these women learn...the men will always dip in the chick without them?? Smdh

  • Kimocha

    Thank You Dr. MLK for your courage and determination and definitely for becoming a martyr for your beliefs... We people of color will always be grateful and indebted unto you!... At least most of us that know what you had to endure for us to be where we are today!.... Thank You! We Love You and Happy MLK Day Everyone!!

  • HotInCleveland

    They recorded him having sex with a woman and sent it to his wife. Recorded orgies, you made that up.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Beautifully said!

    Indeed gratitude, as we see modern day lynchings, white sheets and hoods replaced with badges and a code of blue!

    Kids being bused to failing schools, migration-pipelines to modern-day slavery - industrial prison complex!

    We’re still much better off!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Definitely!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Yes

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Thank you so much Dr. King for all your sacrifices, hard work, and for being such an amazing leader to the black community. We thank God for you always. I would forever love my ancestors.

  • Ni Ni

    Noone ever said he was a man perfect in all of his ways.
    _____________
    ???

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Not ever! I have a hard enough time trying to get through rape scenes in movies. I can watch all the bloody gore in movies but when it comes to rape and pedophilia, I canNOT. My heart drops.

  • Ni Ni

    Thanks Dr. King! ?Grateful?

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • TeeTee

    Shiding me -- sometimes you can't get rid of the couple ...lol

  • TeeTee

    Pissed,

  • Kimocha

    Yes... We still got a ways to go... but we are still better off!

  • hottlanta

    He as azz aint lying. But they sho kept. Edgar hoover wearing women draws n dresses a secrey. See how white folks picked him as their non threatening negro as their favorite negro n the one all blacks ahould love try 2 tear them down. That is why malcolm was never their favorite negro. he call them out on their bs straight to their face n their least favorite negro n thé one picked by them for black folks 2 avoid.

  • hottlanta

    The one where women said her n her husband was their relationship. Michelle said dont do that.

  • HotInCleveland

    Interesting. I need receipts on the orgy tapes. I love Malcom and his ideals. I’m also a fan of Huey Newton.

  • hottlanta

    Saints played a hella game. Sorry falcons need 2 get it together

  • hottlanta

    I used 2 watch this show called Tony Brown journal from back in the day n they had one of the women on the show who participated in those orgys .She was dropping names left n right. We didnt say he was perfect

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Nope I did not

  • HotInCleveland

    Interesting. if he did it wouldn’t make me lose respect for him. I prefer folks let their inhibitions loose in the bedroom. Repressed sexuality breeds depravity.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Yeh well her sure missed a couple of point because when he died the movement sat down... now my leader said if he get killed we should stand up and die for what he died for

  • Coffee1st
  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Take that down NOW

  • hottlanta

    If only they bring up how john McCain came from being captured n only 2 leave the woman who waited on him 2 his présent wife cindy. His first wife was sick n everythang. Then we can have a conversation. Marilyn monroe having sex with john n bobby is legend n it has not diluted their greatness so getting a peice of tail will not dilute thé greatness of dr .Martin luther King jr. White men cheat on their wives white folks give them brownie points. Black men do it we suppose 2 kick them 2 the curb. Not today.

  • Dreadboi
  • Chicagowise

    There are very few people who are brave enough to lay their lives on the line for the betterment of their country. Dr. King was the real deal.

    Stevie Wonder said it best:

    "You know it doesn't make much sense
    There ought to be a law against
    Anyone who takes offense
    At a day in your celebration..."

  • Chicagowise
  • Coffee1st

    I will watch this when i can. I wonder if this is related to the paper he wrote called, The Study of Mithraism.
    He was definitely on to something but which direction he truly took after this understanding, i do not know.

  • hottlanta

    Thanks. Marry me please.? Tony was always dropping that black knowledge. I used 2 look at him every sunday. I used 2 luv how he would put those 1st time leaving the projects negroes in check. He wasnt having it.

  • Dreadboi

    Always be careful of who one put up on a pedestal because behind the cover it might just change the view/narrative of that person..Its a interesting view of him my man does a gd job..

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is FOREVER an ICON! That man was the TRUTH when it came to his people???

    May you FOREVER Rest In Peace Dr. King!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    YES!!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Someone is saying she was lying to get back at her ex husband... Chile.. She was at Opera nightclub. Where were her friends?

  • ALLSEDUCTRESS

    WE GAINED A BLK KING TO ADMIRE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. ONE WHO WASNT AFRAID TO PLACE THE ENTIRE WORLD ON HIS SHOULDERS- KNOWING THAT IT COULD COST HIM HIS LIFE. I SALUTE YOU !!!!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Just came across the interview the alleged rapist did. IDK. If she is lying, she really needs psychological counseling.

  • hottlanta

    He was willing and not afraid to die for his beliefs and didn't hide behind a Twitter account. That is Christian enuf for me.

  • hottlanta

    Was there any ceremonies for King Day at the White House today. I haven't seen a tweet or nothing.

  • mzwhang90210

    Me either.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I just listened to that too... Not sure what is going on because I refuse to watch the video BUT folks are saying her cries for help didnt sound genuine ? and that she didnt have any underwear on and was twerking with ALL that monkey ? hanging out ?

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • Malcom Flex

    Props, Dr. King thank you for everything you did to uplift Black people and yeh I know that man had affairs that doesn't take away from what he did for us.

  • Reenaface

    His channel is the absolute truth, I stay on it. My eyes have been opened so much that I don't view people/celebs the same way.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    Well ummmm Trump visited the MLK Memorial in DC and placed a wreath on it. It was reported that he stayed for about 2 minutes.

  • Daffany Rose-Gilbert

    How you know that? Or you going by what you heard?

  • Daffany Rose-Gilbert

    Smh

  • Malcom Flex

    STFU. Blocked, troll.

  • Daffany Rose-Gilbert

    Phuck you!! Still wondering what affairs he had? Did he tell you that lol

  • Malcom Flex

    THANK YOU. I'm so surprise at fools trying not to give the man his props. If you can't give MLK props and you're Black you are LOST.

  • hottlanta

    I saw it on the news n it was the best 2 minutes ever n yet the proud card carrying black republicans say nothing bcas they were saying that dr. King was a republican.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I am very blessed and honored to have visit that hotel to show my kids a bit of history.

  • Chicagowise

    Parents used to watch that show. So, I started watching it too.

  • selectivewords

    I had a chance to visit the Lorraine Motel too. Their museum is so moving. They even preserved the room across the street where James E Ray was staying.

  • hottlanta

    You were raised right. Watching Tony I began my love for reading about black life because he exposed everything. One of my favorite episodes was when that guy who wrote the book the Bell Curve and he was trying to talk about black intellectuals. Someone should have told him not to come on the show they ripped him to shreds. They have a journalism school named after him at Howard and now I am in love with Greg Carr on Roland from Howard. Michael Eric Dyson used to be deep ow he has gone mainstream and try to be all hippidity hoppity all over the place.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Yes, I went there too. I took pics of the tub he was sitting in when he shot Dr. King. Some of those pics they had was so sad where you can see him on the ground bleeding. The experience was heavy to say the least. But definitely worth the trip. Memphis is a VERY boring place and seems to still be a tad bit segregated in my opinion atleast in the tourist areas. I will probably never go back.