Wyoming Equality Day, January 15, 2018

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wyoming Equality Day!

Ronald Reagan signed a bill in 1983 that established Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a nationally observed holiday.  It was not until 1986 that it was first observed; 2000 was the year in which all 50 states observed the holiday.

In 1990, through the efforts of State Senator Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, Wyoming’s state legislature passed a bill that established Martin Luther King, Jr./Wyoming Equality Day as a state holiday.

Here is a copy of the legislation that went into effect.

Harriett Elizabeth Byrd Papers, Collection # 10443, Box 1, Folder 9.

Harriett Elizabeth Byrd Papers, Collection # 10443, Box 1, Folder 9.

There is a week-long schedule of events (January 29 – February 3) on the University of Wyoming campus, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Dialogue to celebrate the continuing impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and ideals. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the public are invited to participate in MLK DOD events.

(adapted from AHC post from January 18, 2013)

 

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