Today is Martin Luther King day – a holiday honoring the late Dr. King as the chief spokesperson for non violent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

It’s always observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday. This year, it actually does fall on his birthday, January 15th.   While it was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1983, it wasn’t officially observed in all 50 states until 2000.

Before his life was cut short in 1968, King had won a Nobel peace prize, been Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” and delivered one of the most famous and most quoted speeches of all time – the “I Have a Dream” speech.

You can see and hear Dr. King speaking in a clip from that inspiring work here:

Dr. King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

Remember that today is more than a day when your bank is closed and you won’t get your regular mail delivery.

Today is more than many offices being closed or reduced staff working.

Today is more than just another cold January day.

If you have the day off today, enjoy it and give a thought to Dr. King and the social change he helped bring about that still grows today.

If you have locate requests to get in for upcoming work or emergencies, we’re open as always 24/7 here at South Dakota One Call.

And if you, too, have a dream, we urge you to live it.

As Dr. King said: “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Until next time, safe digging!

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