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Presidential Proclamation- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The White House has released President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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…THEREFORE, I BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 17, 2011, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service programs in honor of Dr. King’s life and lasting legacy…

Barack Obama
President of the United States of America

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Full text of Presidential Proclamation – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011

(January 17) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 17th, 2011
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Each year on the third Monday of January we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream…
I have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers
I have a dream today”

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.

So visit our celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. for more on the man and the holiday. And check out the Video and Text of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. In its entirety.

link: Martin Luther King , Jr. Day on the Net

Did You Know? Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/17)

Monday, January 17th, 2011

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Did You Know?
January 17

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!!

Thanks for joining us as we counted down to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/16)

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

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

Jan. 16 : 01 Day to MLK Day

Did you know that the night before Dr. King’s April 1968 assassination, he gave a speech in which he alluded almost prophetically to his own death?

On the night before his murder Dr. King gave a speech to striking sanitation workers in which he said…

"I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m not fearing any man."

The next day, as he was leaving his motel room, Dr. King was shot and killed.

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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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)

Martin Luther King Jr., Day on the Net

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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/14)

Friday, January 14th, 2011

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

Jan. 14 : 03 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1967, the first black justice, Thurgood Marshall, was appointed to the Supreme Court?

Also in that year, race riots erupted in major cities like Detroit, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey. Simultaneously, the cities of Cleveland, Ohio and Gary, Indiana elected their first black mayors.

Did you know that in 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that busing children outside their district in order to desegregate schools was constitutional?

Many see this decision as the “bite” behind the “bark” of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling that found segregated public schools unconstitutional.

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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