History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published On: Jan 12 2012 01:22:53 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2015 09:34:05 AM CST

February is Black History Month. Learn more about the complicated history behind Martin Luther King day.

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In the months after MLK’s death in 1968, Congressman John Conyers Jr. of Michigan introduced the first legislation seeking to make King's birthday, Jan. 15, a federal holiday.

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