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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a national memorial located in West Potomac Park next to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States.

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U.S. Embassy closed due to Luther King holiday



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Published on Monday, January 15, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff




Today, U.S. citizens observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


The U.S. Embassy and Consular Section will remain closed today in observance of this holiday. The diplomatic headquarters will reopen to the public on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Every year on the third Monday of January, U.S. citizens remember King as the legendary civil rights leader who coordinated pacific protests against segregation, the battle for Black equality, and voting rights in the 1950s and 1960s.


King was a Baptist clergyman, activist, and political philosopher who was a key figure in the civil rights movement until his assassination in 1968.


On October 14, 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful opposition against racial inequity. In his later years, he broadened his activism to include resistance to poverty and the Vietnam War.





When he was killed on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, there was national mourning as well as rage that resulted in rioting in many U.S. cities. 


In 1977, King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 2003, the Congressional Gold Medal.


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a national memorial located in West Potomac Park next to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States.


In the U.S., there are parades, prayer services and volunteer events in honor of the late civil rights icon.


According to a report by Voice of America Journal, President Joe Biden is traveling to Philadelphia to volunteer at a hunger relief organization.


In South Carolina, Vice President Kamala Harris is due to give an address that the White House says will encourage people to “use their voices to continue fighting for justice and against attacks on fundamental freedoms.”


The U.S. government agency AmeriCorps is one of many service-oriented organizations holding events for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of National Service as people across the country use the holiday to take part in community service projects.




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