New Hampshire

Year: 1999

New Hampshire was the last state to have a paid state holiday named after Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1991, Fast Day was abolished and replaced with Civil Rights Day, but it was not until 1999 that Civil Rights Day” became Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Still, the measure passed with a vote of 212 to 148. One hundred and forty eight human beings voted against the bill. The criticisms of the bill ranged from blind conformism to disdain for singling out one person to stand-in for the whole of the Civil Rights Movement to celebrating a man and not ideals. These range on a scale of bullshit. They miss the essential point of a holiday that honors a man that inspired and represented a movement.