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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

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millions of Americans aware of the campaign. Six million people signed a petition for the American Congress to

civil rights leaders. Dr. King’s date of birth is January 15th, but the actual holiday is on the third Monday in

the campaign to achieve equal rights for black Americans changed America forever. His focus on non-violent

Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. Just 25 years later, in 1983, then President Ronald Reagan signed this

popular with all American states. Some didn’t like the name and so they called it “Civil Rights Day”. However, in

how important Martin Luther King was – one of the greatest Americans ever.

society. The holiday is only one of four national holidays in America to commemorate a person. This shows just

create the holiday. It is still the largest petition in U.S. history in favour of an issue.

protests led to new laws that ended racial discrimination in America. The USA became a more equal

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a U.S. holiday that celebrates the birth date of one of America’s greatest

holiday into U.S. law. People first observed the holiday three years later, in 1986. At first, the holiday was not

the year 2000, all 50 states observed the holiday using its correct name. The musician Stevie Wonder helped

January. The holiday recognizes the great achievements Martin Luther King made to American society. His leadership in

the campaign for the holiday. He released a hit single called “Happy Birthday” in 1980. The song made

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