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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday 21st January

Monday 21st January see's the celebration of the 27th 'Martin Luther King, Jr Day' as enshrined in US law by the then President Ronald Reagan, in 1983.

The vacation was actually entered into law in 1983, but first observed in 1986 and falls on the third Monday of January each year which is around King's actual birthday on 15th January.

If you're interested to read more, Martin Luther King by Peter J. Ling is an ideal introduction and is a part of our Routledge Historical Biographies series.

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  1. Martin Luther King Jr

    By Peter J. Ling, Peter J. Ling

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    This new biography of the most celebrated African American in history provides a thorough re-examination of both the man and the Civil Rights Movement, showing how King grew into his leadership role and kept his faith when the movement weakened after 1965. Drawing on recent scholarship on the Civil...

    Published July 10th 2002 by Routledge