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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: What's open, closed and who’s where?


The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, the second federal holiday of the year. Most government employees have the day off, as do most schoolchildren and college students. Post offices nationwide are closed and mail won’t be delivered in observance of the holiday.

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This is also the first MLK Day for the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington. (In case you missed it: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Friday that the National Park Service and the King Foundation have 30 days to come up with a way to fix the “Drum Major” quote etched on the side of the memorial’s main statue.)

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to participate in a community service project in Washington on Monday to mark the holiday. Later that night, they plan to attend the Let Freedom Ring Celebration at the Kennedy Center.

Several other administration officials are planning to mark the holiday across the country. Here’s a quick review:

— Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is scheduled to join the NAACP for its annual “King Day at the Dome” rally in Columbia, S.C.

— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is slated to speak at a Rainbow PUSH meeting in Chicago to highlight his department’s settlement of the Pigford lawsuit.

— Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plan to work with volunteers at Los Feliz Elementary School in Los Angeles. The annual MLK Day of Service is being organized by the nonprofit action center LA Works.

— Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to join City Year in Washington for a day of service to mark the holiday. The secretary will join Del. Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson at the event.

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. ET: The White House released a full list of MLK Day-related activities. Here’s what other officials did today:

— Corporation for National and Community Service: Agency CEO Robert Velasco volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of D.C. Senior staff also served at We Feed Our People, a signature event that serves hundreds of homeless District residents with a hot meals and warm clothing, and at Montgomery County Volunteer Center in Bethesda.

— Defense Secreteray Leon E. Panetta plans to participate in the Pentagon’s annual MLK Day commemoration on Thursday.

— Energy Secretary Steven Chu hosted an event at the Energy Department to mark the holiday and was joined by C.T. Vivian, vice president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Lynn Cothern, former aide to Coretta Scott King.

— EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson delivered remarks at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Day Prayer Breakfast hosted by the National Action Network in Washington.

— Labor Secretary Hilda Solis delivered remarks and accepted an award at the “At the River I Stand,” the AFL-CIO’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance dinner in Detroit.

— NASA: Administrator Charles F. Bolden addressed the 44th Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

— Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry delivered remarks and participated in a service project at “Hope and a Home” in Washington.

— Transportation Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Tyler Elementary School in Washington.

— USAID Administrator Shah participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library’s 25th annual “We Feed Our People” event in Washington.

— United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice participated in a service event to benefit Kenilworth Elementary School in Washington.

— Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki volunteered Monday at So Others Might Eat serving food to the homeless in Washington.

What are you — or other government officials — doing to mark the holiday? Share details in the comments section below.

Follow Ed O’Keefe on Twitter: @edatpost

Further reading:

When are the 2012 federal holidays?

Va. students object to Martin Luther King Jr. Day classes

Obamas attend D.C. church before MLK Day

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By  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012

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