Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about Martin Luther King &
the Civil Rights Movement
Jan. 05 : 12 Days to MLK Day
Did you know that the holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King was signed into law 15 years after his death, by President Ronald Reagan?
The bill had faced opposition by many in Congress, who argued against it on economic, cultural and national grounds. Ultimately, Dr. King’s spirit triumphed and the bill was signed into law on November 2, 1983. The first national celebration took place two and a half years later, on January 20, 1986.
Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.
Join us for our look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 17, 2011.