The First Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January each year in order to fall near… read more
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January each year in order to fall near King’s birthday, which is January 15th. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983 and it was first observed January 20, 1986.
A series of 1986 video clips from the U.S. Information Agency program “America Today” showed events in connection with the observation of the first Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. It included a montage of milestones in the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s involvement with civil rights history. An interview with Mayor Young included 1965 video clips of Governor George Wallace, Selma Mayor Joe Smitherman, Selma Sheriff Jim Clark, and the Rev. C.T. Vivian. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Otis R. Bowen M.D. Secretary Department of Health and Human Services
- Jesse Jackson Founder National Rainbow Coalition
- Dexter Scott King Son Martin Luther King Jr.
- Don Miller Artist
- William Penn Mott Jr. Director National Park Service
- Ronald Reagan U.S. President [R] United States
- Joseph T. Smitherman Mayor Selma, AL
- John Woodrow Wilson Artist
- Andrew Young Mayor Atlanta, GA
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