01/04/2010 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Display

Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on Monday, January 18. It is a day of reflection and a time to remember Dr. King’s fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples, and a time to remember the message of change through nonviolence. The Martin Luther King Day exhibit at the Bizzell Memorial Library is one way to reflect upon the work of Dr. King. Every third Monday of January, close to Dr. King’s birthday of January 15, we celebrate the man’s life and work. In reality, however, its emergence onto the national scene is quite recent. Ronald Reagan signed a bill in 1983 in order to create a national holiday in honor of the Civil Rights leader. The first observance of Martin Luther King Day took place on January 20, 1986 and it was not officially observed in all 50 states until January 18, 1993.

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