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Everything You Need to Know About the Key Events in Martin Luther King's Life and Legacy


An interactive timeline.

As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday — a holiday that commemorates the civil rights icon's Jan. 15 birthday and his legacy — much discussion will surround the details of King's life.

Below, you can explore an interactive timeline that will take you through the major events that unfolded throughout King's career, concluding with the Nov. 1986 designation of his birthday as a national holiday:

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