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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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IU's Indiana Business Research Center offers interesting facts for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2010

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Jan. 13, 2010

EDITORS: Tanya J. Hall, an economic research analyst at the IBRC, is available to discuss the data presented in this release and can be reached at 812-855-5507 or

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Among many things, Monday's (Jan. 18) observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to look at statistics regarding African Americans in the United States. The Indiana Business Research Center in Indiana University's Kelley School of Business offers this snapshot.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan turned Martin Luther King Jr. Day into a federal holiday. It was first observed in 1986. However, the year 2000 was the first time it was observed by all 50 states. The holiday is observed on the third Monday in January because it is near King's birth date of Jan. 15, 1929.

In 2008, nearly one third of organizations were closed in recognizance of MLK Jr. Day.

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