April 26, 1993 |
Here are some of the marches or rallies in the nation's capital that drew 200,000 or more people, according to National Park Service crowd estimates: Vietnam War moratorium rally, Nov. 15, 1969: 600,000 Vietnam War "Out Now" rally, April 24, 1971: 500,000 NOW march and rally, April 5, 1992: 500,000 Gay rights march, April 25, 1993: 300,000 20th anniversary civil rights march, Aug. 20, 1983: 300,000 NOW abortion rights march, April 9, 1989: 300,000 Solidarity Day labor march, Sept.
December 5, 1987 |
The New Mexico Personnel Board on Friday rescinded an earlier vote and gave state employees the day off on the official Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The board caused a furor last month when it voted to have state employees observe the slain civil rights leader's birthday next December instead of the legal holiday, the third Monday in January.
January 18, 2003 |
First Lady Laura Bush urged youngsters to use the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for public service -- even if it meant cleaning their rooms. "Instead of taking a holiday for Martin Luther King's birthday, why don't we all work together to make our community better," she told schoolchildren at a Washington library named after King. She suggested ideas such as being "especially kind" to family members, lending a hand to teachers and tidying their rooms.
January 21, 1998 |
A college student was arrested and accused of murder in the shooting that killed one man and wounded three children at a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday parade in Baton Rouge. Brandon Johnson, 19, a student at predominantly black Southern University, was booked on murder and attempted murder charges for the shooting that scattered the crowd of 500 marching during the King Day ceremonies.