For Educators: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Unit Resources

Avoice Exhibit

Visit the Avoice exhibit about the Martin Luther King Holiday Bill


Martin Luther King Holiday Bill Timeline


Carson, Clayborne, editor. Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Warner Books, New York, New York, 1998.

Pastan, Amy and Primo Levi. DK Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. Dooling-Kiperling Publisher, London, UK. 2005.

Web Resources

Avoice: African-American Voices in Congress


C-Span Oral Histories: Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
(9:23sec. to 14:31sec.)

During this oral history interview Rep. Conyers talks about his introduction of the first bill in 1968 for a King Holiday. He speaks about the challenges faced by the Congressional Black Caucus in achieving the goal to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy as a national holiday.

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