Title: [#MLK] Martin Luther King Day is a federal public holiday in the #US celebrating the birth of the #civilrights #leader.
Subject: Civil Rights, USA.
Source: The Guardian, full page: (LINK). via Instagram.
Code: [ SOC ]
Martin Luther King Day is a federal public holiday in the US celebrating the birth of the civil rights leader. It wasn't easy to establish this holiday. The bill proposing the day was introduced just a few days after King's death in 1968, but the first MLK holiday didn't happen until 1986. There was fierce resistance, particularly from conservatives and some white southern politicians. In fact, consensus that King was a man worth celebrating is relatively new. Ronald Reagan once described him as a "near-communist" and John McCain, the man Obama defeated in 2008, voted against recognising the day. Fierce campaigning by black legislators, trade unionists and civil rights workers helped pass the bill.
Keywords: USA; Society; Racism.