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Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Largo

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.

Ways to Serve in Largo

  • Donate Blood at the MLK Blood Drive. The closest location is at the Chick-fil-A on Ulmerton Road. The drive is Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Help Clean up the Pinellas Trail in Largo starting at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 21.
  • More local MLK Day of Service projects. There are some projects today (Jan. 19), also.

So, tell us—What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? What are you doing to commemorate King’s legacy?

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.

Leroy A Haggard January 19, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Since MLK was gunned down, time perhaps could be spent thinking of ways to curb gun violence. Forget the rhetoric of the past two weeks, but a common sense approach to solving a problem affecting law abiding citizens keeping the 2nd amendment alive and well. And that means putting aside all emotional drama on both sides of the fence. To think the White Hoiuse can come with a workable solutiuon in just days time is doomed to failure on an issue that is so complex . The primary goal should be keepings ways to keep guns away from the bad guys with sever and strict punishment when caught in violation, mental health policies, and a simple thing we all could do and that is, "See something, - say something . Think of the rewards when one word can be omitted for the reasons of having a weapon, and that word is protection. MLK had a dream, His dream was peace. Perhaps we can dream on Monday as well, MLK DAY.

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