Peace And Nonviolence in Abingdon
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 21, 2008, 2:00 to 6:00
A holiday to celebrate the life and works of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was first proposed in April 1968 by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Legislation was passed in November 1986 and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan to the effect that the third Monday of January beginning in 1989 would be a national holiday to honor Dr. King, but it took until the dawn of the new millenium for the holiday to become nation-wide in actual practice. Today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated in over 100 countries. Abingdon celebrated with a parade, and PANinA marched.