Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th, a national day honoring his legacy is held on the third Monday of every January annually. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

In honor of Dr. King, Jr. and his legacy, KPL has put together a collection of books, ebooks, movies, and more for your enjoyment.

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