Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about Martin Luther King &
the Civil Rights Movement
Jan. 13 : 04 Days to MLK Day
Did you know that in 1964, President Johnson signed into law the nation’s first comprehensive Civil Rights Act?
President Kennedy had called on Congress to pass a comprehensive civil-rights bill less than a year earlier. The Act made racial exclusion from public facilities such as restaurants and hotels illegal in all 50 states.
Did you know that in 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act?
The Act cleared the way for the massive registration of blacks in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina. Within just two years, more than half of all eligible black voters in those states were registered.
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.