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History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

POSTED: 02:22 PM EST Jan 12, 2012    UPDATED: 10:34 AM EST Feb 05, 2015 

February is Black History Month. Learn more about the complicated history behind Martin Luther King day.

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The federal holiday of Martin Luther King Day is celebrated nationally with many service events, often attended by leaders, celebrities and the president.

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