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Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday and Day of Service: January 16, 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.008

From The White House, Briefing Room, Presidential Actions, A Proclamation on Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2022: “On a late summer day in 1963, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the National Mall before hundreds of thousands of demonstrators who had gathered to march for freedom, justice, and equality. On that day, Dr. King shared a dream that has continued to inspire a Nation: To bring justice where there is injustice, freedom where there is oppression, peace where there is violence, and opportunity where there is poverty. Today, people of all backgrounds continue that march—raising their voices to confront abuses of power, challenge hate and discrimination, protect the right to vote, and access quality jobs, health care, housing, and education. On this day, we reflect on the legacy of a man who issued a call to the conscience of our Nation and our world.”

Key Stats

Here are two infographics that highlight African American statistics. We first released the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” infographic to honor the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.

More Stats

From Topics /  Population /  Race:

Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates.

From Census Information Centers (CIC) / Partner Resources / Data Links / Black (or African American) Data Links:

From the Newsroom:

From Statistics in Schools (SIS), Classrooms Powered by Census Data:

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