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Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Day




It’s Martin Luther King Jr Day! 
For a lot of people, it's just another day off of school. Not many people know that it took 15 years for Martin Luther King day to become a National holiday. In 1983, Congress passed legislation to create MLK Day but did you know that Illinois was the first state to adopt this day as a state holiday? Illinois had been celebrating Martin Luther King for 10 years already! 
So who was Martin Luther King, Jr? He was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader. He worked hard to secure rights for African Americans at a time when they didn't have very many rights at all.  
Have you seen our biography section? You can read about Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, and many other civil rights leaders.

You can also read about Bass Reeves, a U.S. Marshall in Indian Territory. He captured over 3,000 fugitives in his 30 year career! 
Or how about Matthew Henson, Polar Explorer! He traveled with Admiral Peary to the North Pole on the famous 1909 expedition. 
Do you like music? Do you know about DJ Kool Herc, the creator of hip hop?
We have over 1,000 books in our biography section! From ancient queens to modern presidents, there are hundreds of people to read about.
  Book Jacket for: Barack Obama : our forty-fourth President                                                                                     Book Jacket for: Cleopatra

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