Today most of you may not have to go to work, particularly if you are a government workers (except for transit workers, police and fire personnel), a banker, etc. Students don't have to go to school either whether public or private. This is a federal holiday to celebrate an individual who made significant change in American society. I'm very amazed to wind up attending his alma mater Morehouse College.
In any event I know there are those who disagree with this holidays on I suppose on racist or some what logical grounds. Indeed before King's birthday became a federal holiday it was reserved for President's Washington and Lincoln and federal holidays for our military personnel. In any case what a wonderful day to reflect on the positive outcomes on the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. May we not forget what brought this about and how change came.
I also want to bring to your attention a campaign to build a Dr. King monument in Washington, DC. If you got anything to give or maybe you just want to learn more here's a website: Build the Dream.