Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New Canaan

Tell us what this holiday means to you and how you will celebrate?


Monday, Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park.

For others, it’s an opportunity to educate themselves about King and his life's work. And for others, it’s a time to just kick back and enjoy the prolonged weekend.

A town-wide Interfaith Martin Luther King Day service will take place at the United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. and it's open to everyone.

So, tell us—What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? What are you doing to commemorate King’s legacy?

The Holiday's History

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now a U.S. holiday, took 15 years to create.

Legislation was first proposed by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

The bill was stalled, but Conyers, along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-New York), pushed for the holiday every legislative session until it was finally passed in 1983, following civil rights marches in Washington. 

Then-president Ronald Reagan signed it into law. Yet it was not until 2000 that every U.S. state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by its name. Before then, states like Utah referred to the holiday more broadly as Human Rights Day. 

Now, the Corporation for National and Community Service has declared it an official U.S. Day of Service.

TELL US: What does MLK Day mean to you? Tell us in the comments.

Lauren January 20, 2013 at 12:54 AM
MLK was a revolutionary thinker, activist, and man of God...I think we can all learn from his famous I have a dream speech, some words that we can carry on in 2013, and apply to all aspects of our life and culture.
Andy Simmons January 20, 2013 at 01:08 AM
And a philanderer and liar to his family about his dedication to his family. Before you anoint sainthood on anyone get the facts straight - black or white.
Lauren January 20, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Chill Andy.. Its my opinion, and nobodys anointing anyone as far as I can see. Black or white.
Andy Simmons January 20, 2013 at 11:32 PM
I am very chill Lauren I just want to point out both sides of the man, myth and legend before suggesting we ALL should apply his words to our daily lives. Happy MLK day to you.
Esprit de Corps January 21, 2013 at 07:16 AM
M. PLGV, there are some who might say LBJ accomplished more in Civil rights.


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