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History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

POSTED: 02:22 PM EST Jan 12, 2012    UPDATED: 12:54 PM EST Jan 14, 2013 

Observed on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has only recently been a holiday for all the people, all the time. Read on to learn more about the complicated history behind this special holiday.

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Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Today, the federal holiday is celebrated nationally with many service events, often attended by leaders, celebrities and the President.

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