History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

POSTED: 11:22 AM PST Jan 12, 2012    UPDATED: 07:34 AM PST Feb 05, 2015 

February is Black History Month. Learn more about the complicated history behind Martin Luther King day.

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Observed on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has only recently been a holiday for all Americans, all the time. Time.com walks readers through the complicated history behind this special holiday.


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