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In 1983, President Reagan signed the law creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January. Passage came only after contentious debate. See what key figures had to say both for and against passage of the holiday.
Bayard Rustin, civil rights activist, and friend and mentor to Dr. King, shares his thoughts on the meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Listen to a speech given at Harvard University in 1987. (30 minutes)
Who is Bayard Rustin?
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- How a holiday is created
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