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History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published On: Jan 12 2012 01:22:53 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 14 2013 11:54:39 AM CST

Observed on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has only recently been a holiday for all the people, all the time. Read on to learn more about the complicated history behind this special holiday.

Jimmy Carter
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Unable to gain support, the bill sat in Congress for eight years until President Jimmy Carter vowed to support a King holiday.

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