On the third Monday of January every year, the federal government closes up shop for a day to honor civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated on Apr. 4, 1968 in Memphis. The day, also celebrating King’s birthday, honors his legacy and shines a light on civil rights. But the road to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was fraught. It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1986, nearly 20 years after it was introduced to Congress. Even then, it faced an upward battle for all states to recognize the holiday, only getting nationally recognized in 2000. Since then, many individuals and businesses have used today to give back through public service.
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