Today in History: Illinois Becomes the First State to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’S Birthday


Dr. Martin Luther King

On this day in 1973, Illinois becomes the first state to honour Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a holiday.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was born January 15, 1929 and died April 4, 1968.

He was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.

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