No Candy Or Toys: MLK Day Resists Easy Commercialization

There are many ways to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. But regardless of how you celebrate, there is something unique about the holiday that makes it stand out: It has resisted becoming a day that revolves around shopping. As The Dallas Morning News pointed out in a Jan. 18, 1998, article about the holiday, a "dozen years after [MLK Day] became official, you still won't find 'Happy MLK Day' greeting cards...[or] wrapping paper." Today I am sure you could find MLK Day cards or wrapping paper if you looked, but presents and cards are still not easily identifiable with the holiday, just as they weren't a decade ago.   Continue reading...

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