It may be a surprise to many people that South Carolina declared Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a holiday in 2000, over 17 years after it was first passed.  South Carolina was the last state to declare the day a holiday.  This is the same year that the Confederate flag was removed from South Carolina’s statehouse dome.  Now, ten years after the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day was declared a holiday, civil rights groups in one South Carolina town are fighting to make sure MLK Day remains a holiday.  Even though the day is a national day of remembrance, Rock Hill’s school district plans to use it merely as a snow day make-up.  The Rock Hill NAACP, as well as a faith-based group called THUG (True Healing Under God) are calling on the superintendent to change course and respect Dr. King’s memory.  The groups claim that treating MLK Day as just another day sends the message that it is not a real holiday and that students should not take the achievements of Dr. King seriously.  In a state with a very dark racial history, that is a dangerous and ignorant message to send.  Full article.

Despite the long road our nation has taken to achieve equality among all, many places in the country remain subject to old prejudicial ways.  However, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  It is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of gender in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for more information: EEOC.

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