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This Week in Black History (Jan.15-Jan.21)
By Amanda Scurlock
Published January 14, 2016

January 15

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1929- Pastor, leader, activist and humanitarian Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King.  He was born Michael King, but his father soon changed his name to Martin Luther in honor of German reformer Martin Luther. King Jr. became a civil rights activist early on in his career

 

January 16

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1986- A bronze bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first of any African American placed in the Capitol.

 

January 17

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2000- For the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all fifty states. Arizona (1992), New Hampshire (1999) and Utah (2000) were the last three states to recognize the holiday.

 

January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

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1964- President Lyndon B. Johnson met with Dr. King, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young and James Farmer to seek support for his War on Poverty initiative.

 

January 19

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2015- The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrated 29 years of celebration in the U.S.

 

January 20

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1986- The first national day honoring Martin Luther King Jr. was observed by the United States. The Nobel Peace Prize winner is one of the few American icons with a national holiday.

 

January 21

2015- Over 700 Streets in the United States are named after Martin Luther King, Jr., with one such street in a major city. This doesn’t include the countless cities that have buildings and schools named after him.

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