Martin Luther King Jr. Day --  or MLK Day --  is a U.S national holiday that
celebrates the life, work and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.  The proposal for the
holiday was originally introduced by Congressman John Conyers of Michigan
(USA) four days after King’s was assassinated in 1968.  

It took another 15 years for MLK Jr. Day to become a reality. In 1983, President
Ronald Regan signed legislation to create the holiday. However, it wasn’t until
2000 that all states officially commemorated MLK Day.  Today, the holiday is not
only celebrated in the U.S., but also in other countries, such as in cities of
Canada and Japan.
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The History of MLK Day
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Pearson Education
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/mlkhistory1.html


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