In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, here is a list of resources to learn more about the history of the federal holiday and the man we commemorate, along with videos of remembrances and Dr. King’s speeches.
It wasn’t until 2000 that all 50 United States finally observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Today, the holiday is still celebrated in conjunction with a celebration of Confederate figures in some states.
CSPAN Senate Session from May 2, 1989. Debating and passing H.R.1385 to authorize funding for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday Commission.
President Ronald Reagan’s Remarks on the Signing of the Bill making Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a National Holiday.
History of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Panel. Congressman Conyers led a discussion of the legislative history of efforts to establish a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
ABC News’ World News Tonight With Peter Jennings’ Report On 1st MLK Day. On Monday evening, January 20, 1986.