Despite only being a couple of weeks into the semester, many students are longing for a break. Thankfully for them, Martin Luther King Jr. Day  is right around the corner. While it easy to just be grateful for this much-needed day off, it is important to remember the reason behind Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the march on Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963.

Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, was a civil rights leader from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Regan created the holiday in 1983 as a way to commemorate the social activist. WVU is hosting a day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. for students who want to do something productive on their day off. So, as you enjoy your long weekend, remember why Martin Luther King Jr. is important and help keep his legacy alive.