Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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President Ronald Reagan signed the bill commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday as a national holiday on Nov. 2, 1983 in the White House Rose Garden. It is observed the third Monday of January each year. Martin Luther King Jr. was a U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader, and eventual Nobel Peace Prize winner. He led peaceful marches as a way to promote civil rights.

President Lyndon B. Johnson pushed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forward after President Kennedy was assassinated. After a 54-day filibuster, it passed the United States Senate. The Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Johnson at the White House on July 2, 1964. This law ended the legal separation of people by race in public places. Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists watched the president sign the bill into law.

Famous quotes:

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
  • The time is always right to do what is right

Homeschoolers: draw/color an illustration and record your observations of this current event.


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