Remembering Dr. King

This week the AUM Library is commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Stop by the 2nd floor of the Library Tower and check out our display case, or take a ride on the elevators to find out more about Dr. King through our flyers that highlight holdings in our collection.
This week’s selections include:
A Testament of Hope:The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edited by James Melvin Washington, located on the 3rd floor: E185.97.K5 A25 1991
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
By Russell Freedman, located on the 6th floor: 323.1196 F853fr
Going down Jericho Road : The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign
By Michael K. Honey, located on the 4th floor: HD5325 .S2572 1968 M465 2007

The History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
Did you know?
It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. After the bill became stalled, petitions endorsing the holiday containing six million names were submitted to Congress.
Conyers and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Democrat of New York, resubmitted King holiday legislation each subsequent legislative session. Public pressure for the holiday mounted during the 1982 and 1983 civil rights marches in Washington.
Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. A compromise moving the holiday from Jan. 15, King’s birthday, which was considered too close to Christmas and New Year’s, to the third Monday in January helped overcome opposition to the law.
National Consensus on the Holiday
A number of states resisted celebrating the holiday. Some opponents said King did not deserve his own holiday—contending that the entire civil rights movement rather than one individual, however instrumental, should be honored. Several southern states include celebrations for various Confederate generals on that day. Arizona voters approved the holiday in 1992 after a tourist boycott. In 1999, New Hampshire changed the name of Civil Rights Day to Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.