King's birthday, January. "The Martin Luther King. Contact your local Branch for details. 14 Later that year, Mecham proclaimed the third Sunday in January to be "Martin Luther King./Civil Rights Day" in Arizona, albeit as an unpaid holiday. 18 On May 2, 2000, South Carolina governor Jim Hodges signed a bill to make King's birthday an official state holiday. Day as a holiday was promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. Bush in May 1989. The Poster Contest is divided into two categories: colour and black and white. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2011. Day." 13 In 1986, Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt, a Democrat, created a paid state MLK holiday in Arizona by executive order just before he left office, but in 1987, his Republican successor Evan Mecham, citing an attorney general's opinion that Babbitt's order was illegal, reversed.
The observance of MLK Day has led to some colleges and universities extending their Christmas break to include the day as part of break. Helms criticized King's opposition to the Vietnam War and accused him of espousing "action-oriented Marxism ". Judging, initial judging takes place at the community level by volunteers at local Legion Branches. Martin Luther King. Local Legion Branches determine the Poster and Literary Contests deadlines for entries. New Hampshire General Court. State chose to observe the holiday at the state level until 1991, when the New Hampshire legislature created "Civil Rights Day" and abolished " Fast Day ". For the senior winners in the four contests (two posters, one essay and one poetry the Legion sponsors a trip to Ottawa to attend the National Remembrance Day Service. 22 In Idaho : "Martin Luther King. Time and Date. Download the Judging Guidelines, past winners The Legion encourages schools to contact their local Legion Branch for details on coordinating the Poster and Literary Contests).