History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published On: Jan 12 2012 01:22:53 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2016 12:29:42 AM CST

Monday is Martin Luther King Day. Learn more about the complicated history behind this special holiday.

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After it was founded, the King Memorial Center in Atlanta sponsored the first annual observance of King's birthday, in January 1969, almost a decade and a half before it became an official government holiday.

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