Today’s Google Doodle was drawn by guest artist Cannaday Chapman and developed in collaboration with the Black Googlers Network (BGN), a Google in-house employee network. The Doodle portrays a crowd — composed of all races and ethnicities — surrounding the Washington Monument Reflecting Pool, witnessing King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January and was enshrined as a national holiday in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. It was not celebrated as a federal holiday until Jan. 20, 1986. Even then, it wasn’t recognized as a paid, independent holiday in all 50 states until 2000, when South Carolina became the last state to do so. This year, the holiday falls on Jan. 15, what would have been King’s 89th birthday.