KING DAY JAN. 15TH
Diameter: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
On rim: N.G. SLATER CORP., N.Y.C. 11
Black on white, text: "KING / DAY / JAN.15TH", on rim: "N.G. SLATER CORP., N.Y.C. 11".
A campaign to establish a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King (1929-1968) started shortly after his assassination. The effort was led by labor unions and bolstered by a petition signed by six million people. Signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, it was designated a "floating holiday" to be observed on a Monday close to the 15th of January, King's actual birthday.
Gift of Ted and Eileen Rowland
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