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Martin Luther King Day History

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a holiday celebrated in the USA to mark the birth date of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is observed on the third Monday of the month January every year.

He is remembered as the chief spokesman for the nonviolent activities in the civil rights movement which also protested against racial discrimination in the state as well as federal law. King was assassinated in the year 1968.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was promoted by the labor unions initially but after Kings death John Conyers, the United States Representative introduced in congress a bill to make Kings birthday a national holiday. But the opponents argued that a paid holiday might be expensive for the state and the other one was a holiday commemorating a private citizen is going against the popular tradition. In the meantime, famous musician Stevie Wonder supported the cause and released his single Happy Birthday to gain popularity of the campaign in 1980. He also hosted a Rally for Peace Press Conference in the year 1981.

After much contemplation, on 2nd November, 1983 a bill was signed by the United States President Ronald Reagan. It was proposed by Katie Hall of Indiana, to create a federal holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day was first observed on 20th January, 1986.

Now, the day is observed by holding seminars, parades or celebrating the message of Rev. Dr. King.
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