History of Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday
Congressman Conyers led a discussion of the legislative history of efforts to establish a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin… read more
Congressman Conyers led a discussion of the legislative history of efforts to establish a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the continuing significance of the Reverend Dr. King’s life. The Congressional Black Caucus and its co-founder Rep. Conyers were leaders in that effort. After their presentations, the panelists responded to audience members' questions.
In November 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law legislation declaring the third Monday in January as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday, to celebrate the birthday and life of the slain civil rights leader. It had been 15 years since Dr. King’s assassination. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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- Denise Rolark-Barnes Publisher Washington Informer
- Elsie L. Scott President and CEO Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
- Philippa Strum Director Wilson (Woodrow) International Center for Scholars->Division of United States Studies
- Donald R. Wolfensberger Director Wilson (Woodrow) International Center for Scholars->Congress Project
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