The long fight to establish MLK Day, and what it means for today's activists

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The push to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national celebration began almost immediately after Dr. King’s assassination in April 1968. But it wasn’t until 1983 that President Ronald Reagan signed legislation to make it a federal holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has particular resonance with activists in today’s polarized times.

Credits

Guest:
Calinda Lee - Atlanta History Center

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Amy Ta, Michell Eloy