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MLK Holiday

On January 3rd, 1986, the first MLK Holiday was national recognized in the United States. The MLK Holiday has only been in our consciousness for 33 years. Only since 1986. At that time, only 27 states and Washington DC recognized the third Monday of January as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The state of Arizona did not recognize the holiday until 1992. South Carolina was the last state to recognize MLK Day as a paid holiday. This happened in the year 2000. Today in 2019, all 50 states and U.S. territories recognize MLK Day as a holiday.

It is my opinion we’ve come quite a ways since the bill was introduced in 1983. This is a people’s holiday, a holiday to recognize with a man’s message of peace and hope, a holiday to recognize that race is not the determining factor in a person’s character or fate.

This photo of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States from 2008-2016, reminds me that America and the world is slowly getting past the marginal attitudes of the past. Slowly…very slowly…

Slowly…we prod along…slowly.

Here’s to Martin Luther King, Jr…a man ahead of his time.

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Can you guess where this chocolate mold is displayed?

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