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.

MLK Day - Jesse Helms
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U.S. Senate Historical Office

Oct. 3, 1983, Helms tried to disparage King on the Senate floor by reading a paper called "Martin Luther King Jr.: Political Activities and Associations." Some Senators expressed outrage over Helms' actions.

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