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Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Carlsbad

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.

In Carlsbad, city offices will closed on Monday, but the trash schedule will continue as normal.

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.

Petrahouse.org January 21, 2013 at 05:15 PM
As a Carlsbad current Chamber Member , I find this Day in history meaning just a little more today . I had the pleasure of Been in Washington D C , this Historical Day , I will be 65 next month and it all seems like just yesterday , I want to personal thank those who are putting on the parade in our beautiful city and showing the that our city can show respect and reverence for our fallen leader who gave his life so that the rest of in this wonderful Country can and will have equal opportunity for life and liberty . I still to this day believe in these Values that Dr.King gave his life to this country for . This is one of the reasons I have sat on the board of Sharing The Dream , a non profit in rule San Luis Obispo . I am also Board President for our local non profit , Petrahouse.org 1-888-550-9340 . Make a donation to help families in our own City and County with your tax deductible donation to our charity . Have a enjoyable day in our beautiful Carlsbad sunshine and beaches . Carlton H. Brown Sr.

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