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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/13)

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

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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.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/12)

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

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

Jan. 12 : 05 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that on June 12, 1963, Medgar Evers, a field secretary for the National Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was shot in the back on his way home from a meeting?

Evers was the first of many prominent civil rights activists assassinated by segregationists in the 1960s. Evers’ death motivated President Kennedy to call on Congress to pass a comprehensive civil-rights bill.

Did you know that in August, 1963, two months after Evers’ assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. led more than a quarter of a million people in the March on Washington for Civil Rights?

The march culminated with King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Did you know that in November of that same year, President Kennedy was assassinated?

After Kennedy’s death the Civil Rights Movement was left in a state of shock and desperation.

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 (01/11)

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

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

Jan. 11 : 06 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1961, President John F. Kennedy created the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity?

In that same year, the first black students were admitted to the University of Georgia.

Did you know that in 1962, civil rights organizers launched a massive voter registration campaign within the black community in Mississippi?

The effort was largely unsuccessful, due to poll taxes and reading tests that were still in place in Mississippi and other Southern states to bar blacks from voting.

Also in 1962, James Meredith, a black college student from Mississippi, won his Supreme Court case to be granted admission to the University of Mississippi. Federal troops were sent by President Kennedy to protect Meredith and ensure his full enrollment.

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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Holiday Invite: Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Net

Monday, January 10th, 2011

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of the life and legacy of this great leader.

We welcome you to stop by and learn about the personal and political history of Dr. King and of the civil rights movement. Familiarize yourself with the story of Rosa Parks, the black seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man, sparked the King-led Montgomery Bus Boycott. Listen to the inspiring words spoken by Dr. King when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.

Come review three decades of civil rights history in America — from the executive order signed in 1941 by FDR, banning discrimination by government contractors, to the implementation of an affirmative action program in 1974 by Detroit’s police force. Discover the history and controversy over making Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday, as was finally done by President Ronald Regan in 1983. Then test your knowledge of Dr. King’s early life and lasting political legacy in our newest installment of the Did You Know trivia feature.

Finally, we invite you to share the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sending free e-greeting cards to your friends and family or by sharing free MLK coloring pages with your children.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed next Monday January 17, 2011. We look forward to sharing this important celebration with you at Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Net.

Happy holidays,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Holiday Reminder: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 10th, 2011

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Reminder: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday will be celebrated next week, Monday January 17, 2011. Remember – It’s A Day On, Not A Day Off!!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/10)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

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

Jan. 10 : 07 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas?

They were sent to enforce the Supreme Court ruling of three years earlier, which had declared segregated schools as unconstitutional. The troops were assigned to protect the rights of nine black students attempting to attend Central High School.

Did you know that in 1960, the first sit-in of a lunch counter was launched by black college students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College?

This form of non-violent protest quickly spread throughout the South.

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 (01/09)

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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

Jan. 09 : 08 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that on December 1, 1955, a seamstress named Rosa Parks refused to vacate her seat for a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus?

She was arrested — an event that would spark the boycott of the city’s segregated bus lines.

The bus boycott was a Herculean effort spearheaded by Martin Luther King, Jr. and participated in by the entire black community of Montgomery. After nearly twelve months, the boycott ended with an historic decision by the Supreme Court requiring the city to fully desegregate its municipal bus lines. King’s involvement in the boycott catapulted him onto the national stage, where for more than a decade he led the civil rights movement in non-violent protest.

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.

Signup for our Did You Know? Holiday Countdown emails or follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/holidaysnet (@holidaysnet)

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