History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

POSTED: 11:22 AM PST Jan 12, 2012    UPDATED: 10:29 PM PST Jan 17, 2016 

Monday is Martin Luther King Day. Learn more about the complicated history behind this special holiday.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
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After it was founded, the King Memorial Center in Atlanta sponsored the first annual observance of King's birthday, in January 1969, almost a decade and a half before it became an official government holiday.

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