There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance…

The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Quest for Peace and Justice”
December 11, 1964


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What is closed, opened, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The following organizations, governmental agencies, and businesses are typically closed on MLK Day

  • Most state and federal government agencies and offices
  • U.S. Postal Service will not be delivering mail on MLK Day but UPS and FedEx will be shipping like normal
  • Most financial markets and institutions are closed, including
    • The New York Stock Exchange
    • Nasdaq
    • The Federal Reserve Bank
    • Major banks and most local financial institutions
  • Schools
    • Most public schools (check with local districts)
  • Stores
    • Many stores with MLK Day sales will be opened, including most major retail chains

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