Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, is a holiday in the United States , celebrated the third Monday in January, honoring the achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr. As a Baptist minister who advocated using nonviolent means to end racial segregation, he first gained national prominence during a bus boycott by African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama. The most influential of African American civil rights leaders during the 1960s, he was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968. His accomplishments have continued to inspire generations of Americans for decades. This year, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is celebrated on Monday, January 18, 2021.