Social Security offices are closed on Monday, January throughout the country. The reason for the one day closure is the observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (sometimes referred to as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day or MLK day).
This federal holiday recognizes the legacy of Dr. King and the contributions he made to the advancement of civil rights (outlawing racial discrimination) in the United States. Dr. King devoted his life to the cause of civil rights until his life ended by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968. A day earlier, on April 3, 1968, Dr. King had flown to Memphis, Tennessee to speak at a rally to support of the Memphis garbage workers strike. He was 39 years old when he was murdered. On April 11, 1968, only a few days after Dr. King’s death, the U.S. Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The Civil Rights Act of 1968 is a broad law which includes protection for persons of color and protection for Native Americans. The Act also outlaws discrimination in housing (The Fair Housing Act). In 1988 Congress expanded the Civil Rights Act to protect, among other people, people with disabilities. Continue reading