MLK Task Force of Cary is a not for profit, 501(c)3 organization that has been established since 1995 by Carolyn Samson, for the sole purpose of helping to fulfill the promise of a dream that has awaken the consciousness of America. – by the late Martin Luther King Jr.
July 2, 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was landmark legislation that outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women, including racial segregation. That included the ending of some voting requirements and the racial segregation of schools, workplaces and public facilities.
November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.
The bill established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission to oversee observance of the holiday, and Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, was made a member of this commission for life by President George H. Bust in May 1989.