It was 26 years ago that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first recognized nationally as a federal holiday. Since the initial recognition of this once controversial holiday, the nation has made several strides towards the equality that King strived for. And with the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as the first memorial to an African-American in Washington D.C. last year, the nation is still paying tribute to King.
By getting a day off in memory of an icon, children, adults and the elderly alike are all given a chance to celebrate all that King accomplished during his lifetime. If you decide to pay homage to the Atlanta native this year, here are several activities that you can attend with family, friends or just on your own.