Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. In observance, SSCC will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16.

King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968.

It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.