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

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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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