Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Act Signing

After signing the Martin Luther King Holiday and Service Act, President Clinton stated that the King Act combines for the first time our… read more

After signing the Martin Luther King Holiday and Service Act, President Clinton stated that the King Act combines for the first time our national holiday in honor of Dr. King with a national day of service. "Nothing could be more appropriate," he added, “for it was Dr. King who said everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” President Clinton noted that Dr. King taught us that our faith can redeem us, that the sacrifices of individuals can sustain us, that moral courage can guide us. He dedicated himself to what was in his time and what remains the most difficult challenge we face as a democratic people--closing the great gap between our words and our deeds. The President praised his administration for being more American than any ever has been, not only in terms of racial and gender diversity, but also in its commitment to excellence--with four million new jobs, 20 million young people eligible for reduced college loans, 15 million working families getting tax cuts, and 3 years of deficit reduction for the first time since the days of President Truman. close

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Act Signing

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59793-1
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White House Event
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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Aug 23, 1994

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  • Aug 23, 1994 | 1:55pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 23, 1994 | 10:42pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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