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January 18, 2016

Our needs are identical with labor's needs — decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children and respect in th

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday celebrating the birthday of civil rights activist and organizer Martin Luther King, Jr. The campaign for a federal holiday in his honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all fifty states for the first time in 2000.

January 19, 2015

tumblr_mgfbcnPbGU1rl5nsqo1_500Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday celebrating the birthday of American civil rights activist and organizer Martin Luther King, Jr. The campaign for a federal holiday in his honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronal Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

April 3, 1968

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Martin Luther King, Jr., returns to Memphis, Tennessee, to support striking sanitation workers and delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech at a church filled with union members and supporters. He was assassinated the next day.

August 28, 1963

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250,000 people participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C.  The march—initiated by A. Philip Randolph, president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters—was organized by a coalition of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations.  It was here that Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

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