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The 2011 Ward Connerly Award for Martin Luther King, Jr. Revisionism goes to….

This is, of course, the day on which the nation remembers the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s important to recall that a little over a quarter century ago, when this day became a federal holiday, there was still fierce opposition to the idea of honoring King.  In the Senate, that opposition was led by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC).  The final Senate vote on the measure to declare a federal holiday in King’s name was taken on October 19, 1983.*  Helms was joined in opposing the measure by seventeen of his fellow Republicans and four Democrats: James Abdnor Read more