Faculty Update: Michael Honey on the history behind Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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‘This was the first holiday around a national figure who is not a president, and who is African American,’ Honey said. ‘Many in Congress did not want to recognize an African American that was thought of as a troublemaker by some in his day.’

Dr. Michael Honey was recently interviewed for a USA Today story on the history of the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) federal holiday.

In the article, “MLK Day: Why on Monday and what was Stevie Wonder’s role?” by Mary Bowerman, USA Today, Jan. 18, 2016, Honey explains how the campaign to start the holiday began almost immediately after King was killed.

Michael Honey, Fred and Dorothy Haley Professor of Humanities, has written several books on the civil rights movement, including Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Stike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign (2008).

Written by: 
Meridith Hatch / January 19, 2016