History of The King Center

Founder's Vision

The King Center will seek with integrity to extend Martin Luther King’s best hopes and deeds. What we see beginning now is no dead monument, but a living memorial filled with all the vitality that was his, a center of human endeavor, committed to the causes for which he lived and died.

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The Meaning of The King Holiday

Coretta Scott King reflects on the meaning of The King Holiday. "The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America."

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The King Holiday

Signed into law in January 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday is a celebration of Dr. King’s immeasurable contribution to the United States, and to humankind.

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Making of The King Holiday

Legislation for a King Holiday was first introducted four days after Dr. King's assassination, signed into law in 1983, and then spread to the states. See the timeline of events

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