Monday is Martin Luther King Day. Learn more about the complicated history behind this special holiday.
Observed on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has only recently been a holiday for all Americans, all the time. Time.com walks readers through the complicated history behind this special holiday.
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