Indiana’s state holiday was established in 1986 under a bill introduced by retired Senate Democrat Allie Craycraft of Selma. Senate Bill 72 declared that the third Monday in January be held in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday.
The federal holiday was established in 1983 under a bill proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana and signed by President Ronald Reagan.
In 1994, Congress passed legislation encouraging Americans to observe the holiday as a national day of service that brings people together from different backgrounds to meet needs in their community. The King Day of Service provides American the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through service to meet local and national needs. Learn more about the Martin Luther King Day of Service and look for service opportunities in your area.