In 1978, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, proclaimed a "Year of Education" and called upon the Congress of the United States to proclaim "Education Day, U.S.A." on behalf of all Americans. In January 1978, the Congress passed a joint resolution proclaiming April 18, 1978, the Rebbe's seventy-sixth birthday, "Education Day, U.S.A." The proclamation was immediately signed into law by President Jimmy Carter.

Since then, on an annual basis, every President has proclaimed the Rebbe's Jewish birthday as Education Day U.S.A.

The Rebbe called for all countries, states, cities and localities to join in publicly recognizing the need to create a greater awareness of the essential qualities of education, and to provide a better education for all people throughout the world.

During his lifetime, the Rebbe worked to reconcile secularism and man's enduring need for a religious philosophy and moral values by which to live. And today, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries across the globe, inspired by the Rebbe's vision, continue this vital work.