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Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed Jan. 15

A stamp showing a painting of Black people marching hand in hand
The 37-cent Montgomery Bus Boycott stamp was released in 2005.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed Monday, Jan. 15 — the 95th anniversary of the civil rights icon’s birth.

King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech. He also helped pave the way for the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In 1964, at age 35, he became the youngest person at that point to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

He was assassinated four years later.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation designating the third Monday in January a federal holiday in honor of King’s birthday.

The Postal Service has issued several stamps honoring King and his work, including a 1979 Black Heritage stamp and a 2005 release to commemorate the 1955-56 Montgomery, AL, bus boycott.