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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a U.S. holiday that celebrating / celebrates the birth date / dates of one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders. Dr. King’s date of birth is January 15th, but the actually / actual holiday is on the third Monday in January. The holiday recognizes the great / grate achievements Martin Luther King made to American society. His leadership in the campaign to achieve equals / equal rights for black Americans changed America forever. His focus on non-violent protests led to new laws that ended racially / racial discrimination in America. The USA became a more equal society. The holiday is only one / once of four national holidays in America to commemorate a person. This shows just how importance / important Martin Luther King was – one of the greatest Americans ever.

Dr. King was assassinated / assassination in 1968. Just 25 years later, in 1983, then President Ronald Reagan signal / signed this holiday into U.S. law. People first observed the holiday three years later, in 1986. At / On first, the holiday was not popular / popularity with all American states. Some didn’t like the name and so they called it “Civil Rights Day”. However, in the year 2000, all 50 states observe / observed the holiday using its correct name. The musician Stevie Wonder helped the campaign / campaigned 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 signed a competition / petition for the American Congress to create the holiday. It is still the largest petition in U.S. history in against / favour of an issue.

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