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  • multiracialbookclub
    MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY (a.k.a. Human-Rights Day and / or Civil-Rights Day ) The Birthday of Martin
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 18, 2009
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      MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 


                        (a.k.a. 

                'Human-Rights Day' 

                       and / or 

              'Civil-Rights Day'
      )    
                 

                                     

      The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. --  often
      called Martin Luther King Day -- is a United
      States federal holiday marking the birth date of the
      Reverend Dr.
      Martin Luther King, Jr., observed
      on the third Monday of January each year (which
      is  around the time of King's birthday, January 15)

      It is the only
      federal holiday in the United
      States that commemorates a person of the
      African-American Ethnic group -- and one of
      only four to commemorate an individual person.

      Martin Luther King Day was founded as a holiday
      promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations.  

      After King's death in 1968, Rep.
      John Conyers
      introduced a bill in Congress to make King's
      birthday a national holiday, highlighting
      King's activism on behalf of trade unionists.

      Unions did most of the promotion for
      the holiday throughout the 1970s.

      In 1976, trade unionists also helped to elect
      Jimmy Carter, who endorsed the King Day bill.

      After that endorsement, the union influence
      in the King holiday campaign declined, and
      the
      King Center turned to support from the
      corporate community and the general public.

      The success of this strategy was cemented when
      musician
      Stevie Wonder released the single
      "Happy Birthday" to popularize the campaign
      in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press
      Conference in 1981. 6 million signatures were
      collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law,
      termed by a 2006 The Nation article as
      "...the
      largest petition in favor of an issue in US history."
       

          


      Opposition to the bill was led by Senator Jesse
      Helms, who questioned whether King was
      "important enough" to receive such an honor.

      President Ronald Reagan was
      also opposed to the holiday.

      He relented in his opposition only after Congress
      passed the King Day Bill with an overwhelming,
      veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of
      Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).

      At the White House Rose Garden on
      November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill
      creating a federal holiday to honor King.

      It was observed for the first
      time on January 20, 1986.

      On January 17, 2000, for the first time,
      Martin Luther King Day was officially
      observed in all 50 U.S. states. 

         

      The day is marked by demonstrations
      for
      peace, social justice and racial and
      class equality
      , and is also 
      a national
      day of volunteer community service
      .


        

      On January 16, 2006 Greenville County ,
      South Carolina [is said to have been] the
      last county in the U.S. to officially adopt
      Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday.


      In Utah, Martin Luther King Day is also
      known as Human Rights Day; similarly, in
      Arizona and New Hampshire, Martin Luther
      King Day is also known as Civil Rights Day.

      Although the day is both a federal holiday and,
      thus also a state holiday in all states, it is usually
      not observed by very small private companies
      (except for banks) -- and small shops, grocery
      stores and restaurants do tend to remain open.

      Some large corporations close their operations --
      more so than on Veterans Day or Columbus Day
      (which are also federal holidays) but less so than
      on holidays such as Memorial Day or Labor Day 
      when virtually all of the corporations are closed.
       
      Additionally, some schools and places of
      higher education are closed for classes;
      others remain open but may hold seminars
      or celebrations of Dr. King's message.

           


      RELATED LINKS OF INTEREST:
      http://www.mlkday.org/
      http://my.mlkday.gov/public/indexSearch.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
      http://www.thekingcenter.org/holiday

      SOURCE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Day

    • pierre jefferson
      Thank you Multiracial Book Club!   Thank you for this insight into the formation and dedication of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. This great man dedicated his
      Message 2 of 5 , Jan 18, 2009
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        Thank you Multiracial Book Club!
         
        Thank you for this insight into the formation and
        dedication of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. This
        great man dedicated his life to bringing equality
        and justice to a institution that stopped short
        to recognizing full human rights to minorities.
        His vision of all men joining hands black and
        white is still a mission in progress. All races
        are benefiting from his achievements not only
        blacks. Civil rights was a powerful issue that
        echoed deep into the stubborn Resistance
        of the South. Southern states were the focus
        of Dr. Kings marches and speeches` and putting
        him self in plain view of rocks and stones. It
        saddens me to read were Senator Jesse Helms
        who questioned if Dr. King was important
        enough to receive such a honor? I was stunned!
        how much more importance did King need to be
        remembered and given appreciation for all that
        he had done. But even against those who tried
        to reduce his efforts to the ranks of average? the
        forces of Truth: and Justice surely had Ronald
        Reagan sign the bill creating a Federal Holiday
        to this Honorable and courageous black leader.
         
        As we move forward as a Nation` so will the spirit
        of Dr. Martin Luther King. Because vision will go
        blind if we fail to see the contribution of all great
        men who gave their lives to keep this country great.
        And live up to its promise that all men are created
        equal in the eyes of GOD.
         
         
         
        Pierre
         


        --- On Sun, 1/18/09, multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:

        From: multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...>
        Subject: [Generation-Mixed] Here's to the Celebration of MLK Day -- this Monday !!!
        To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Sunday, January 18, 2009, 4:37 PM

        MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 


                          (a.k.a. 

                  'Human-Rights Day' 

                         and / or 

                'Civil-Rights Day'
        )    
                   

                                       

        The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. --  often
        called Martin Luther King Day -- is a United
        States federal holiday marking the birth date of the
        Reverend Dr.
        Martin Luther King, Jr., observed
        on the third Monday of January each year (which
        is  around the time of King's birthday, January 15)

        It is the only
        federal holiday in the United
        States that commemorates a person of the
        African-American Ethnic group -- and one of
        only four to commemorate an individual person.

        Martin Luther King Day was founded as a holiday
        promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations.  

        After King's death in 1968, Rep.
        John Conyers
        introduced a bill in Congress to make King's
        birthday a national holiday, highlighting
        King's activism on behalf of trade unionists.

        Unions did most of the promotion for
        the holiday throughout the 1970s.

        In 1976, trade unionists also helped to elect
        Jimmy Carter, who endorsed the King Day bill.

        After that endorsement, the union influence
        in the King holiday campaign declined, and
        the
        King Center turned to support from the
        corporate community and the general public.

        The success of this strategy was cemented when
        musician
        Stevie Wonder released the single
        "Happy Birthday" to popularize the campaign
        in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press
        Conference in 1981. 6 million signatures were
        collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law,
        termed by a 2006 The Nation article as
        "...the
        largest petition in favor of an issue in US history."
         

            


        Opposition to the bill was led by Senator Jesse
        Helms, who questioned whether King was
        "important enough" to receive such an honor.

        President Ronald Reagan was
        also opposed to the holiday.

        He relented in his opposition only after Congress
        passed the King Day Bill with an overwhelming,
        veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of
        Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).

        At the White House Rose Garden on
        November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill
        creating a federal holiday to honor King.

        It was observed for the first
        time on January 20, 1986.

        On January 17, 2000, for the first time,
        Martin Luther King Day was officially
        observed in all 50 U.S. states. 

           

        The day is marked by demonstrations
        for
        peace, social justice and racial and
        class equality
        , and is also 
        a national
        day of volunteer community service
        .


          

        On January 16, 2006 Greenville County ,
        South Carolina [is said to have been] the
        last county in the U.S. to officially adopt
        Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday.


        In Utah, Martin Luther King Day is also
        known as Human Rights Day; similarly, in
        Arizona and New Hampshire, Martin Luther
        King Day is also known as Civil Rights Day.

        Although the day is both a federal holiday and,
        thus also a state holiday in all states, it is usually
        not observed by very small private companies
        (except for banks) -- and small shops, grocery
        stores and restaurants do tend to remain open.

        Some large corporations close their operations --
        more so than on Veterans Day or Columbus Day
        (which are also federal holidays) but less so than
        on holidays such as Memorial Day or Labor Day 
        when virtually all of the corporations are closed.
         
        Additionally, some schools and places of
        higher education are closed for classes;
        others remain open but may hold seminars
        or celebrations of Dr. King's message.

             


        RELATED LINKS OF INTEREST:
        http://www.mlkday. org/
        http://my.mlkday. gov/public/ indexSearch. aspx?AspxAutoDet ectCookieSupport =1
        http://www.thekingc enter.org/ holiday

        SOURCE:
        http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Martin_Luther_ King_Day

      • multiracialbookclub
        MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY (a.k.a. Human-Rights Day and / or Civil-Rights Day )
        Message 3 of 5 , Jan 15, 2010
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          MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 


                            (a.k.a. 

                    '
          Human-Rights Day' 

                           and / or 

                  'Civil-Rights Day'
          )    
                     

                                          

          The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. --  often 
          called Martin Luther King Day -- is a United 
          States federal holiday marking the birth date of the 
          Reverend Dr. 
          Martin Luther King, Jr., observed 
          on the third Monday of January each year (which 
          is  around the time of King's birthday, January 15) 

          It is the only 
          federal holiday in the United 
          States that commemorates a person of the 
          African-American Ethnic group -- and one of 
          only four to commemorate an individual person.

          Martin Luther King Day was founded as a holiday 
          promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations.  

          After King's death in 1968, Rep. 
          John Conyers 
          introduced a bill in Congress to make King's 
          birthday a national holiday, highlighting 
          King's activism on behalf of trade unionists. 

          Unions did most of the promotion for 
          the holiday throughout the 1970s. 

          In 1976, trade unionists also helped to elect 
          Jimmy Carter, who endorsed the King Day bill. 

          After that endorsement, the union influence 
          in the King holiday campaign declined, and 
          the 
          King Center turned to support from the 
          corporate community and the general public. 

          The success of this strategy was cemented when 
          musician 
          Stevie Wonder released the single 
          "Happy Birthday" to popularize the campaign 
          in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press 
          Conference in 1981. 6 million signatures were 
          collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, 
          termed by a 2006 The Nation article as 
          "...the 
          largest petition in favor of an issue in US history."
           

               


          Opposition to the bill was led by Senator Jesse 
          Helms, who questioned whether King was 
          "important enough" to receive such an honor. 

          President Ronald Reagan was 
          also opposed to the holiday. 

          He relented in his opposition only after Congress 
          passed the King Day Bill with an overwhelming, 
          veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of 
          Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).

          At the White House Rose Garden on 
          November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill 
          creating a federal holiday to honor King.

          It was observed for the first 
          time on January 20, 1986.

          On January 17, 2000, for the first time, 
          Martin Luther King Day was officially 
          observed in all 50  U.S.  states. 


          The day is marked by demonstrations 
          for 
          peace, social justice and racial and 
          class equality
          , and is also 
          a national 
          day of volunteer community service
          .


            

          On January 16, 2006  Greenville County , 
          South Carolina  [is said to have been] the 
          last county in the  U.S.  to officially adopt 
          Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday.


          In Utah, Martin Luther King Day is also 
          known as Human Rights Day; similarly, in 
          Arizona and New Hampshire, Martin Luther 
          King Day is also known as Civil Rights Day.

          Although the day is both a federal holiday and, 
          thus also a state holiday in all states, it is usually 
          not observed by very small private companies 
          (except for banks) -- and small shops, grocery 
          stores and restaurants do tend to remain open.

          Some large corporations close their operations -- 
          more so than on Veterans Day or Columbus Day
          (which are also federal holidays) but less so than 
          on holidays such as Memorial Day or Labor Day 
          when virtually all of the corporations are closed.
           
          Additionally, some schools and places of 
          higher education are closed for classes; 
          others remain open but may hold seminars 
          or celebrations of Dr. King's message.

                


          RELATED LINKS OF INTEREST:
          http://www.mlkday.org/ 
          http://my.mlkday.gov/public/indexSearch.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
          http://www.thekingcenter.org/holiday 

          SOURCE:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Day


        • multiracialbookclub
          MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY (a.k.a. Human-Rights Day and / or Civil-Rights Day )
          Message 4 of 5 , Jan 13, 2012
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            MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 


                              (a.k.a. 

                      '
            Human-Rights Day' 

                             and / or 

                    'Civil-Rights Day'
            )    
                       

                                            

            The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. --  often 
            called Martin Luther King Day -- is a United 
            States federal holiday marking the birth date of the 
            Reverend Dr. 
            Martin Luther King, Jr., observed 
            on the third Monday of January each year (which 
            is  around the time of King's birthday, January 15) 

            It is the only 
            federal holiday in the United 
            States that commemorates a person of the 
            African-American Ethnic group -- and one of 
            only four to commemorate an individual person.

            Martin Luther King Day was founded as a holiday 
            promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations.  

            After King's death in 1968, Rep. 
            John Conyers 
            introduced a bill in Congress to make King's 
            birthday a national holiday, highlighting 
            King's activism on behalf of trade unionists. 

            Unions did most of the promotion for 
            the holiday throughout the 1970s. 

            In 1976, trade unionists also helped to elect 
            Jimmy Carter, who endorsed the King Day bill. 

            After that endorsement, the union influence 
            in the King holiday campaign declined, and 
            the 
            King Center turned to support from the 
            corporate community and the general public. 

            The success of this strategy was cemented when 
            musician 
            Stevie Wonder released the single 
            "Happy Birthday" to popularize the campaign 
            in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press 
            Conference in 1981. 6 million signatures were 
            collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, 
            termed by a 2006 The Nation article as 
            "...the 
            largest petition in favor of an issue in US history."
             

                 


            Opposition to the bill was led by Senator Jesse 
            Helms, who questioned whether King was 
            "important enough" to receive such an honor. 

            President Ronald Reagan was 
            also opposed to the holiday. 

            He relented in his opposition only after Congress 
            passed the King Day Bill with an overwhelming, 
            veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of 
            Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).

            At the White House Rose Garden on 
            November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill 
            creating a federal holiday to honor King.

            It was observed for the first 
            time on January 20, 1986.

            On January 17, 2000, for the first time, 
            Martin Luther King Day was officially 
            observed in all 50  U.S.  states. 


            The day is marked by demonstrations 
            for 
            peace, social justice and racial and 
            class equality
            , and is also 
            a national 
            day of volunteer community service
            .


              

            On January 16, 2006  Greenville County , 
            South Carolina  [is said to have been] the 
            last county in the  U.S.  to officially adopt 
            Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday.


            In Utah, Martin Luther King Day is also 
            known as Human Rights Day; similarly, in 
            Arizona and New Hampshire, Martin Luther 
            King Day is also known as Civil Rights Day.

            Although the day is both a federal holiday and, 
            thus also a state holiday in all states, it is usually 
            not observed by very small private companies 
            (except for banks) -- and small shops, grocery 
            stores and restaurants do tend to remain open.

            Some large corporations close their operations -- 
            more so than on Veterans Day or Columbus Day
            (which are also federal holidays) but less so than 
            on holidays such as Memorial Day or Labor Day 
            when virtually all of the corporations are closed.
             
            Additionally, some schools and places of 
            higher education are closed for classes; 
            others remain open but may hold seminars 
            or celebrations of Dr. King's message.

                  


            RELATED LINKS OF INTEREST:
            http://www.mlkday.org/ 
            http://my.mlkday.gov/public/indexSearch.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
            http://www.thekingcenter.org/holiday 

            SOURCE:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Day



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