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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Singer Stevie Wonder became an advocate and released the song "Happy Birthday" in 1980, which became a rallying cry. The House then passed the bill with a vote of 338 to 90.

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