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January 20, 2014

In Our Opinion: Why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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That’s why.

For those too young to realize how remarkable it is that Americans elected — and re-elected — a black president.

That’s why.

For those too young to have ever experienced a United States that did not celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday of January.

That’s why.

For those too young to know how Republicans and Democrats came together against spirited opposition to pass a bill in 1983 signed by President Ronald Reagan — who had originally opposed the legislation — creating the federal holiday, first celebrated in 1986.

That’s why.

For those who don’t know how easy it could be for a dangerous brand of bigotry and intolerance to return to our wonderful country.

Most of all, that’s why we take note today of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

 

 

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