History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published On: Jan 12 2012 11:22:53 AM PST   Updated On: Jan 17 2016 10:29:42 PM PST

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

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Observed on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has only recently been a holiday for all Americans, all the time. Time.com walks readers through the complicated history behind this special holiday.

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