By Gigi Guiliano
Many of us are relieved to have had a nice Monday off this January 18th, but the importance of this holiday may go unnoticed. Monday January 18th was Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Every year on the third Monday in January, schools across the country have a day off to honor the incredible Dr. King. Though taken from the world at just 39, Dr. King’s legacy is remembered on this holiday. He worked tirelessly to fight for civil rights, and his name became synonymous with nonviolent direct action as he fought systematic racism. With the numerous fights for civil rights occurring throughout the past year especially, MLK day felt different to many. In Chicago, the local children’s museum held an event teaching children about the importance of Dr. King’s work. Locally, volunteers in Providence spent time cleaning up the Woonasquatucket River in an effort to answer a call to service in honor of Dr. King. No matter how Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated, his legacy was honored by millions of people whom his work has impacted.