Happy Birthday to Michelle Obama (January 17) and Martin Luther King Jr (January 15). Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was a great leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement and recieved a Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation. Michelle Obama is the first African American First Lady of the USA. What great history these two have made for African Americans everywhere. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr day which marks birthday of Dr. King is celebrated on the third monday of January.