Malcolm X Day

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Malcolm X Day
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Malcolm X
Observed by Berkeley, California, U.S.
Type Local
Date May 19
Next time 19 May 2015 (2015-05-19)
Frequency annual

Malcolm X Day is an American holiday in honor of the civil rights leader Malcolm X which is celebrated either on May 19 (Malcolm's birthday), or the third Sunday in the month of May. The commemoration has legal status in the city of Berkeley, California.[1] It is also a proposed holiday in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C, with numerous calls for it to be celebrated alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Day[2] as a federal holiday.[3] In 1993, this holiday was proposed at the federal level to Congress as H.J.R. #323 by Congressman Charles Rangel.[4]

Historic celebrations[edit]

The first known celebration of Malcolm X Day took place in Washington, D.C., in 1971.[5]

Current celebrations[edit]

Berkeley, California[edit]

In Berkeley, California, there is currently a legal status on this holiday.[6] This holiday has been in place since 1979.[7][8]

Washington, D.C.[edit]

Schools such as the Malcolm X Elementary School in Washington, D.C., mark this holiday through UPEACE, US's DCPEACE program.[9]

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