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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Monday, January 18, 2021 as Martin Luther King Jr., Federal Holiday


Monday, January 18, 2021, will be designated as a Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday.On August 28, 1963, just a century after the Emancipation Proclamation, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led more than 200,000 Americans in a March on Washington.

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.According to Dr. King, our Constitution and Declaration of Independence were left as promissory notes for "every American to inherit." He believed that our children would be evaluated not by their race but by the content of their character. He believed this dream would allow freedom to finally ring for everyone.

Dr. King's dream is centered on "equality of opportunity." For him, securing civil rights is intertwined with economic empowerment.We have taken historic steps to create jobs and uplift every African American community across our country under my Administration, which has achieved the lowest Black unemployment rate ever recorded in the history of our country.The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones, which attracted more than $75 billion in new investment to distressed neighborhoods. .As President, I am fully committed to empowering minorities and young people across our Nation through education and economic opportunity, and we need to continue to make progress in this area.

More than ever, it is evident that Black Americans cannot continue to be deprived of the American Dream.

We recommit ourselves to sustaining the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and upholding our duty to protect the unalienable rights of all Americans.

As a result, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, hereby proclaim January 18, 2021, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday.All Americans should recommit themselves to Dr. King's dream by participating in acts of service to others, to their community, and to our nation on this day.

This 15th day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred forty-fifth, I hereby set my hand.