How Martin Luther King Jr. Day Came To Be


Isabella Thomas, Author

The rocky history of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in ArizonaMany of you may know Martin Luther King Jr. Day but you may not know how it came to be. Firstly I am going to be telling you a little bit about the famed activist. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and an activist. He did not believe in violence, he believed that blacks could earn their right to do everyday things peacefully. He believed that if they did sit-ins, marches, or picket lines that they would eventually win their fight. He was the avid speaker and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Representative John Conyers was the person who first  suggested they make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday. He suggested this four days after King’s assassination. But, it took a 15 years for it legally become a federal holiday. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983. But, it was first observed three years later. Although being observed three years later, many states refused celebrating the birthday/holiday of the famed activist. All the 50 states finally celebrated his birthday in the year 2000.

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