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Local event honored meaning of holiday

January 18, 2013

Local event honored meaning of holiday

This link “broke down” as soon as I published this on the Examiner.com web site last night. I am placing it here so everyone who wanted to could read it. Enjoy!

The local prayer and scholarship breakfast held in Wichita Falls, Texas honored the meaning of  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, held on the third Monday in January every year since 1986. Even though this was one of many celebrations that went on in all 50 states, his legacy was felt both in the United States and abroad. It sparked the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Act, in which, under article VIII, it was unlawful to discriminate against those of race or nationality when buying or renting a home in the U.S. Abroad, it sparked the Black Consciousness Movement and the Civil Rights Movement to end apartheid in South Africa. Even though the day had different names in some states, all celebrated the federal holiday by the year 2000.

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