Archive for January 15th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/15)

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about Martin Luther King &
the Civil Rights Movement

Jan. 15 : 02 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1972, Congress passed the Equal Opportunity and Employment Act?

The Act prohibited job discrimination on the basis of race, religion or gender.

In 1974, the city of Detroit, Michigan created the first affirmative action hiring program in an attempt to balance the racial composition of its local police.

BTWDid you know that today, January 15th, is the actual birth day of Martin Luther King?

While January 15th is King’s actual birthday, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday is observed on the third Monday of January.

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.

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(January 15) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Humanitarian Day

Saturday, January 15th, 2011


Humanitarian Day
One of three Emancipation Days of Respect which honors the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting unity, respect and remembrance.

The Emancipation Days of Respect are Humanitarian Day (January 15th – MLK’s Birthday), Victims of Violence Holy Day (April 4th – Anniversary of MLK’s death) and Dream Day Quest and Jubilee (August 28th – Anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech)

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