Best MLK Weekend Getaways In AmericaCities across the nation will be celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend but some hold a more historical significance than others.
Good Question: How Did MLK Jr.'s Birthday Become A Nat’l Holiday?The third Monday of every January is one of ten national holidays that government employees get every year. Most children have no school and every state and federal employee receives a paid day off. The first official observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday was on January 20, 1986 – 18 years after the Civil Rights leader was shot. But David Chang, a professor of U.S. history at the University of Minnesota, says the idea for the holiday came just four days after the assassination in 1968.