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2/14/12

Martin - Black History Month & #GIVEAWAY

Celebrating Black History Month.

Sharing little facts about some of our inspirational leaders.

Martin Luther King Jr.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today

1968:
Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated; Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduces legislation for federal holiday to commemorate King

1973
Illinois is first state to adopt MLK Day as a state holiday

1983
Congress passes, President Reagan signs, legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1986 Federal MLK holiday goes into effect

1987
Arizona governor Evan Mecham rescinds MLK Day as his first act in office, setting off a boycott of the state.

1989
State MLK holiday adopted in 44 states

1991
The NFL moves the 1993 Super Bowl site from Phoenix, Ariz., to Pasadena, Calif., because of the MLK Day boycott.

1992
Arizona citizens vote to enact MLK Day. The Super Bowl is held in Tempe, Ariz. in 1996.

1993
For the first time, MLK Day is held in some form—sometimes under a different name, and not always as a paid state holiday—in all fifty states.

1999
New Hampshire becomes the last state to adopt MLK Day as a paid state holiday, replacing its optional Civil Rights Day.

2000
Utah becomes the last state to recognize MLK Day by name, renaming its Human Rights Day state holiday.
South Carolina becomes the last state to make MLK Day a paid holiday for all state employees. Until now, employees could choose between celebrating it or one of three Confederate-related holidays.

ENTER the Black History Month Giveaway 


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1 comment :

  1. What an interesting timeline of events!

    Thank you for this history lesson-you really do learn something everyday :)

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