Every year, the holiday Martin Luther King Day, is observed on the Monday closest to King’s birthday (January 15). The story of the holiday’s creation began shortly after King’s death, when Congressman John Conyers of Michigan introduced a bill proposing a federal holiday be created in King’s honor.
The bill was greatly supported by certain groups like labor unions across the country, since King collaborated closely with unions during his lifetime.However, the movement stalled during the late 1970s, however recording star Stevie Wonder helped popularize the issue by dedicating his hit song “Happy Birthday” to King.
In 1983, King’s widow Coretta Scott King presented Congress with 6 million signatures.
That year, the bill finally passed in Congress, and it was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. However, it was not until 2000 that every state in the Union recognized it as a paid holiday for all employees.
Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an inspirational man. Here are some quotations attributed to him.