Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Governor Bruce Babbitt declared Martin Luther King Jr. Day an Arizona holiday in March 18, 1986, but his proclamation was repealed by Governor Mecham in 1987 on the grounds Babbitt did not have the authority to declare such a holiday. Arizonans were for and against repeal of holiday for a variety of reasons, and in 1992, Arizona voters reinstated the holiday.

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Understand It

  1. Why did Governor Babbitt create the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday? Why did Mecham repeal it?
  2. For what reasons did Arizonans support or disagree with the adoption of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday? What evidence do they use to support their opinions?
  3. Do you think we should have a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.? Why or why not?

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