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Should Employees Get Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Off?

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of the year, which is January 16 this year -- right around the corner! As much as Dr. King is acclaimed for his involvement in the civil rights movement, there has long been controversy over whether or not to dedicate a holiday to his name.

There's also an issue over whether employees and students should get the day off. By 2000, all 50 states had recognized the holiday, but in 2007 just 33% of employees had the day off. Not all schools get the day off, either. Some opt to hold special courses, assemblies, or seminars in lieu of, or in addition to, classes.

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  • Mike 2012/01/07 08:54:26
    Yes
    Mike
    +10
    Obviously yes! How is it possible that America refuses to honor this great man?

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  • knockou... bob 2012/01/10 00:33:58
    knockoutcleaning
    agreed
  • Dawn Jacquelyn 2012/01/09 19:34:25
    Yes
    Dawn Jacquelyn
    +1
    Yes, it should be a day off. Dr. King was one of the most loving people ever...God rest his soul.
  • Tom 2012/01/09 19:29:36
    Yes
    Tom
    +1
    Why should only government employees get this day off?
  • PM Tom 2012/01/09 23:49:35
    PM
    I don't beleive the question states that only government employees deserve the day off.
  • Mungam44 2012/01/09 19:22:13
    No
    Mungam44
    +2
    No!! Many companies have elective days off for employees in addition to the usual X-mas , New Years, etc. Each employee decides what additional days he/she wants as a "holiday" and uses them accordingly. If a person believes that MLK's life should be honored by taking a day off in his memory then that is fine but it should not be mandated. I, personally, wouldn't take the day off and feel the same way about President's Day given a choice.
  • Boss 2012/01/09 19:19:33
    Yes
    Boss
    why not??? let,s have another day off...holiday..let,s go shopping..who,s MLK???
  • PM Boss 2012/01/09 23:52:21
    PM
    I won't be long until all you see is the MLK Day Sale, huh? Everything in America get's turned into a "Sale" Day. Memorial Day Sale, Labor Day Sale, Fourth of July Sale, President's Day Sale, and look what we've done to our Lord and Savior (Christ) in terms of making it the biggest commercial season of the year.
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/01/09 19:18:34
    Yes
    Ron in Oregon
    Actually I put down YES because if you get that day off you can celebrate my birthday instead.
  • Shirleywillow 2012/01/09 19:05:33
    Yes
    Shirleywillow
    +1
    Martin Luther King Jr. should be a Nat'l Holiday for all govt. offices.
  • Ron in ... Shirley... 2012/01/09 19:20:29
    Ron in Oregon
    The post office is closed...........
  • dzzshadz Ron in ... 2012/01/09 21:19:15
    dzzshadz
    Nothing to with MLK day
  • Cool Wil 2012/01/09 19:05:29
    No
    Cool Wil
    +1
    What else is there to say,NO!
  • RUSSELL 2012/01/09 18:59:58
    No
    RUSSELL
    How 'bout Groundhog Day instead?
  • Mel 2012/01/09 18:49:49
    Yes
    Mel
    +1
    If this is a Federal Holiday then Yes. However I feel they should take all those who are special in history and make it a single day. That way there's no room for error or showing preferential treatment for one holiday over another
  • knockou... Mel 2012/01/10 00:35:40
    knockoutcleaning
    agreed
  • Mel knockou... 2012/01/10 06:45:10
    Mel
    Thanks
  • Evan 2012/01/09 18:47:23
    No
    Evan
    +2
    No. If they do, maybe the whites should have a Johnny Depp day? Geeze. This nonsense has got to stop some place.
  • Brandon... Evan 2012/01/09 18:53:39
    Brandon Macc
    How are Johnny depp and milk remotely related?!
  • dzzshadz Brandon... 2012/01/09 21:20:04 (edited)
    dzzshadz
    He drinks milk. Thats about it I think.
  • Mel Evan 2012/01/09 18:53:47
    Mel
    +1
    False equivalency statement. Deep is an actor, and not a figure that created a national social change.
  • lele Evan 2012/01/09 19:30:36
    lele
    +1
    The whites already have all the national holidays off, so let someone else have a day off too
  • Sulda lele 2012/01/09 20:17:05
    Sulda
    +1
    Blacks have the same days off that whites do, so get a grip on reality. Blacks aren't special. Welcome to real "equality". [...]
  • dzzshadz Sulda 2012/01/09 21:27:58
    dzzshadz
    +1
    You are sick first off and a bigot. You should read the history books again cause your facts are off. Let me guess your a redneck right. I'm white and feel sorry for you. I'm sure your Christian to right. If so god would not like your words here today.
  • wwe.sod... dzzshadz 2012/01/11 17:15:29
    wwe.sodahead.com/RPG2011
    You called Sulda sick and a bigot for the his/her comment. Then you said "redneck"?
  • Brandon Macc 2012/01/09 18:43:36
    Yes
    Brandon Macc
    +2
    Yah why not he was such a powerful figure for his time, he completely changed the social strutare of this country. these great things he did for african american civil right are often and greatly over looked! He would of probably ended up president sooner or later
  • Nicki 2012/01/09 18:29:58
    Yes
    Nicki
    +3
    The man changed America (for the better)and did more for this country than many of the Presidents combined... I think people should have that day off to remember and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. And his works
  • Saye Saye 2012/01/09 18:28:26
    Yes
    Saye Saye
    I meant to say "no" & misclicked. National holidays have tradionally been reserved for either veteran or past presidents. MLK doen't fit any for those requirements. If Obama ever does anything special or unique (other than get a nobel for something obscure) then he could maybe get a holiday.
  • Mel Saye Saye 2012/01/09 18:55:03
    Mel
    +2
    So you're saying that the man who changed social consciousness about civil rights has done nothing special?
  • Debra Bogans 2012/01/09 18:15:41
    Yes
    Debra Bogans
    +1
    Why not this man accomplished a lot in his time even though he didn't do it by himself he meant much to many nonwhites and some whites.Well hell they have the statue of MLK in DC shouldn't that tell you haters something???????
  • hilllary 2012/01/09 18:13:22
    No
    hilllary
    +1
    No way.
  • MegaFor... hilllary 2012/01/09 18:25:22
    MegaFortunateSon
    +1
    Why not?
  • southofcloud9 2012/01/09 18:11:15
    Yes
    southofcloud9
    +1
    Absolutely ~ without a doubt!
  • Marleneemm 2012/01/09 18:07:03
    No
    Marleneemm
    +1
    This should be left up to the discression of the company you work for?
    That's how it's done in my husband's place of business
    He get's off July 4th, Thanksgiving & Christmas & Memorial Day.
    The four big holidays.
    But they don't take off President's day and also any Regilious holidays.
    My dad used to give his worker's who were Catholic off on major holidays like
    Good Friday and Rosh Hasanah/Yom Kipper off in Septemeber for Jewish workers.
  • Brandon... Marleneemm 2012/01/09 18:44:46
    Brandon Macc
    Well your husband is lucky
  • Marleneemm Brandon... 2012/01/17 20:47:05
    Marleneemm
    His boss just gave his workers the last week of December off.
    This was really rare.
    but it came in very handy due to the fact I got really sick and he took care of me.
  • HarryEdwardSchnepp 2012/01/09 18:04:55
    No
    HarryEdwardSchnepp
    +1
    nore should they get the day after new years eve off. or columbus day wtf is wrong with you people how many days do you need there not legit,
  • Ron in ... HarryEd... 2012/01/09 19:40:05
    Ron in Oregon
    We are trying to get as many days off as the Socialist Europeans get.
  • mick 2012/01/09 18:04:18
    No
    mick
    +3
    We need to work, No more holidays. They waste time and money. The Nation is going to hell and people want more days off. Go make us some American Made Products. America is going to crap and people just want the day off. Go figure.
  • Gahnzo 2012/01/09 17:58:04
    Yes
    Gahnzo
    +3
    Why not?
  • manoftruth 2012/01/09 17:56:36

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