Martin Luther King Jr. Day is here, but can you grab your morning cup of coffee if you're out and about?
Most Starbucks stores will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Before bundling up, be sure to double check the hours of your local Starbucks by clicking here.
Starbucks' Interview with Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr.
Today, the company's webpage features an interview with Dr. Bernard LaFayette, a member of Dr King's inner circle. Dr. Bernard discusses Project Pilgrimage, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that "builds interracial and intergenerational community through civic programs."
Starbucks typically remains open (from 9 to 6 or at least a portion of that timeframe) on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Black Friday, New Years Day, and Thanksgiving. Today, Starbucks operates in over 23,760 locations worldwide. As of April 2017, Howard Schultz serves as the company's CEO.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated annually on the third January of each year. The federal holiday honors Dr. King, who advocated for equal rights using nonviolent resistance. Ronald Reagan signed MLK Day into law in 1983, but it took a while for the trend to catch on. It wasn't until 2000 that the holiday was observed in all 50 states.
Today, MLK Day has been combined with other holidays that observe the fight for freedom. In Alabama, the state recognizes Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King's birthday. In Arizona, it is a combination of MLK Jr Day and Civil Rights Day.