The Highlands County Republican January Meeting will be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday January 16th at 6:30 PM. An optional dinner with service available from 5 - 6:30 PM will precede the meeting. Program will include video messages commemorating the special day. Reports on the just ended RPOF Annual Meeting Jan 13-14 in Orlando and the election of new state-wide officers will also be included. Make plans now to attend. Guests are always welcome and are encouraged to attend and to learn more about the Highlands County Republican Party. For info on becoming a member, see http://www.highlandscounty.gop/hcrec
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully 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. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.