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How Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Became a Holiday

The effort to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a U.S. federal holiday began four days after his assassination on April 4, 1968. However, it took more than 15 years for it to happen. April 8, 1968 – Four days after King is assassinated, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduces the first legislation proposing a federal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. 1973-1979 – Several states enact statewide King holidays, including Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New...

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