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African American Waves

African American WAVES

December 7, 1944

During World War II, thousands of women entered the U.S. Naval Reserve through the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service)...

Tags: African Americans | Tennessee | Women | World War II
Dry Dock Welders

Dry Dock Welders

May 1943

Following complaints of unequal hiring practices, the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company employed black welders to work the third shift...

Tags: African Americans | Alabama | Race Relations | World War II
Dining Car Discrimination

Dining Car Discrimination

May 1942

Complaints detailing discrimination in dining cars on the southbound L&N train led to the involvement of Thurgood Marshall, then Chief Counsel...

Tags: African Americans | Georgia | Louisiana | Railroads
Discrimination Against Jewish Applicant

Jewish Discrimination

December 1943 - May 1944

The Bell Bomber Plant, which manufactured B-29 bombers during the war, was accused of discriminatory hiring and promotion practices...

Tags: Georgia | Jewish Americans | World War II
House Resolution 3706

MLK Holiday Established

January 3, 1983

In January 1983, President Reagan approved an act making the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. a legal public holiday...

Tags: Martin Luther King, Jr. | Washington D.C.
House Resolution 5890

MLK Commission Created

January 23, 1984

After approving an act recognizing Dr. King's birthday as a legal public holiday, President Reagan established a commission to assist in its first observance...

Tags: Martin Luther King, Jr. | Washington D.C.
Tuskegee Airman Letter

Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

September 21, 1984

The Greater Florida Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. was eager to partner with the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change to commemorate...

Tags: Florida | Georgia | Martin Luther King, Jr.
University of Mississippi Riots

Alta High School Letter

January 10, 1986

Students from Ms. Larsens' American History class at Alta High pledged their support for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday...

Tags: Georgia | Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mrs. King Requests to Speak

Mrs. King's Request

June 30, 1988

MLK, Jr. Holiday Commission officer and Staff Vice President of the MLK, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. Lloyd Davis petitioned Democratic...

Tags: Georgia | Martin Luther King, Jr. | Washington D.C.
Reagan Proclamation

Reagan's Proclamation

December 23, 1988

President Reagan proclaimed Monday, January 16, 1989 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day...

Tags: Martin Luther King, Jr. | Washington D.C.