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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

LISTENING GAP FILL

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a U.S. holiday _________________ birth date of one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders. Dr. King’s date of birth is January 15th, but the actual holiday _________________ Monday in January. The holiday _________________ achievements Martin Luther King made to American society. His leadership in the

campaign _________________ rights for black Americans changed America forever. His focus on non-violent protests led to new laws that ended racial discrimination in America. The USA _________________ society. The holiday is only one of four national holidays in America to

commemorate a person. This _________________ important Martin Luther King was – one of the greatest Americans ever.

Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. _________________, in 1983, then President Ronald Reagan signed this _________________. People first observed the holiday three years later, in 1986. At first,

the holiday was not American states. Some _________________ didn’t like the name and so they called it “Civil Rights Day”. However,

in

the

year

2000,

all

50

states

observed

the

holiday

_________________ name. The musician Stevie Wonder helped the campaign for the holiday. He released a hit single called “Happy Birthday” in 1980. The song made millions of Americans aware of the campaign. Six million people _________________ for the American Congress to create the holiday. It is still the largest petition in U.S.

history _________________

issue.

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