In 1968, just a few months after Martin Luther King’s death a Michigan congressman introduced legislation proposing that a day be dedicated to him. Many petitions and appeals were made without getting a law passed to create a federal holiday.
On November 2, 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law which was fifteen days after the civil rights leader was assassinated. Finally everyone’s pleas were answered. Now each year on the third Monday in January every year Americans celebrate this great man.
This year “Martin Luther King Day” is celebrated on Jan. 20 to the man who devoted his life to pursue not only justice but equality for everyone. This is a special day and honor. Only two other individuals besides Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are celebrated with a federal holiday. They are George Washington and Christopher Columbus. These two individuals we celebrate on holidays familiar to us as Presidents Day and Columbus Day.
Take a moment to reflect and think of the lifetime devotion he held in his heart for all. His legacy will be remembered forever as we reflect on his dream for America.
Reflect and remember his dream and the life that was taken too before his time – “Martin Luther King Day”!
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