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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-399—AUG. 27, 1984

98 STAT. 1473

Public Law 98-399 98th Congress An Act To establish a commission to assist in the first observance of the Federal legal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Congress finds that— (1) January 20, 1986, marks the first observance of the Federal legal holiday, established by Public Law 98-144, honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; (2) such holiday should serve as a time for Americans to reflect on the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change espoused by Martin Luther King, Jr.; and (3) it is appropriate for the Federal Government to coordinate efforts with Americans of diverse backgrounds and with private organizations in the first observance of the Federal legal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. SEC. 2. There is established a commission to be known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the "Commission"). SEC. 3. The purposes of the Commission are— (1) to encourage appropriate ceremonies and activities throughout the United States relating to the first observance of the Federal legal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., which occurs on January 20, 1986; and (2) to provide advice and assistance to Federal, State, and local governments and to private organizations with respect to the observance of such holiday. SEC. 4. (a) The Commission shall be composed of— (1) four officers from the executive branch, appointed by the President; (2) four Members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives in consultation with the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (3) four Senators, appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate in consultation with the majority and minority leaders of the Senate; (4) Coretta Scott King and two other members of the family surviving Martin Luther King, Jr., appointed by such family; (5) two individuals representing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change (a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Georgia), appointed by such organization; and (6) fourteen individuals other than officers or employees of the United States or Members of Congress, appointed by the members of the Commission under paragraphs (1) through (5) of this subsection from among individuals representing diverse interest groups, including individuals representing labor, business, civil rights, and religious groups, and entertainers.

Aug. 27, 1984 [H.R. 5890] "

97 Stat. 917. 5 USC 6103.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission, establishment.