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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Observed on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has only recently been a holiday for all Americans, all the time. Time.com walks readers through the complicated history behind this special holiday.

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