Hello M:R Nation –
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day and we are happy to celebrate it with you! While USPS and the banks will be closed today, Mission Repair is open from 8am – 6pm today! Come on in and have that iPad or Samsung smartphone repaired once and for all!
While we would love to take the day off in remembrance, we unfortunately can’t take off every federal holiday or our customers would be less than thrilled with our schedule.
So in place of taking the day off, like so many of you lucky folks out there, we have decided to research and share a few facts about this very special day! We all (hopefully) know what this day means and how important it is to our country, so I won’t give a long history lesson on the man and his greatness. Just a few interesting tidbits about the holiday itself.
|1968||Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated; Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduces legislation for federal holiday to commemorate King|
|1973||Illinois is first state to adopt MLK Day as a state holiday|
|1983||Congress passes, President Reagan signs, legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|1986||Federal MLK holiday goes into effect|
|1987||Arizona governor Evan Mecham rescinds MLK Day as his first act in office, setting off a boycott of the state.|
|1989||State MLK holiday adopted in 44 states|
|1991||The NFL moves the 1993 Super Bowl site from Phoenix, Ariz., to Pasadena, Calif., because of the MLK Day boycott.|
|1992||Arizona citizens vote to enact MLK Day. The Super Bowl is held in Tempe, Ariz. in 1996.|
|1993||For the first time, MLK Day is held in some form—sometimes under a different name, and not always as a paid state holiday—in all fifty states.|
|1999||New Hampshire becomes the last state to adopt MLK Day as a paid state holiday, replacing its optional Civil Rights Day.|
|2000||Utah becomes the last state to recognize MLK Day by name, renaming its Human Rights Day state holiday.
South Carolina becomes the last state to make MLK Day a paid holiday for all state employees. Until now, employees could choose between celebrating it or one of three Confederate-related holidays.
As you can see from this timeline, it took 15 years for this day to even become a holiday and up to the year 2000 for every state to put the holiday into effect. We are all used to states taking their time to get something done, but my goodness that was a long and drawn out adoption.
We thank Dr. Martin Luther King for the sacrifice he made for freedom in the USA. He was one of the greatest warriors that this country has ever seen.