MLK Day: Happy Birthday to You!

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"Happy birthday to ya
Happy birthday to ya
Happy birthday---"

Goes the song by Stevie Wonder about the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The song was popularized in 1981 to bring attention to the movement to make King’s birthday a national holiday. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill to make this day a reality.

The first Martin Luther King Day was held on the third Monday in January 1986. Ever since, we pay tribute to the man whose legacy still cries for freedom, justice and equality for all.

This day is about world peace for all of us. Take a moment this MLK Day to honor his legacy by sharing these books and singing "Happy Birthday to You!"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: A perfect primer for the junior historian.

M.L.K: A more thorough examination of Martin Luther King, Jr. for middle school and junior high school students.

Martin's Big Words: Dr. King comes to life in this brilliant picture book biography.

Dream March: Read about the most famous march in American history, the historic March on Washington in 1963.

Be A King: See how Dr. King's messages can translate into actions you can do today.

Martin Rising: Docu-poem of the last months of Dr. King's life, beautifully written and illustrated by the award winning wife and husband duo.  

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