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How to Convince Your Boss to Give You Martin Luther King Day Off

Commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. by convincing your boss to close the office for the holiday.


  • Step 1: Tell your boss it is a day on Tell your boss that Martin Luther King is not a day off, but a day on. It is a day to celebrate the equality and freedoms we all have today because of the efforts of the civil rights movement.
  • TIP: Look for volunteer work on and donate your time on your day off to provide services to those in need.
  • Step 2: Remind your boss that it is a federal holiday Remind your boss that Congress deemed Martin Luther King day a federal holiday, and federal employees have the day off.
  • Step 3: Compare to other federal holidays Compare Martin Luther King day to other federal holidays for which the office is closed, such as President's Day and Memorial Day.
  • Step 4: Point out that holidays are benefits Point out that holidays are basic benefits that businesses award their employees. Many businesses provide at least seven paid holidays a year.
  • Step 5: State that productivity will increase Inform your boss that after spending time off with your family on Martin Luther King day, you will come back more rejuvenated and productivity will increase. Stress that making Martin Luther King day a holiday at your place of employment is good for overall business.
  • FACT: Martin Luther King Jr. was convinced to continue protesting racial segregation through nonviolent civil disobedience after he visited India in 1959, where he met with the Prime Minister and members of Mahatma Gandhi's family.

You Will Need

  • Examples of federal holidays
  • Volunteer work (optional)

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