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US NEWS MLKDAY 15 RA.JPGBetter late than never?

The Senate and Assembly passed identical resolutions today setting a date to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership of a 1960s civil rights movement that "helped change public policy from segregation to integration."

The measures were passed as part of various other King-related events, including an appearance by Gov. Jerry Brown at a breakfast hosted by the California Legislative Black Caucus.

Legislative aides said the Senate and Assembly resolutions were ceremonial, noting that King already is the focus of a national holiday.

Here's the rub: Both resolutions designate the same date for honoring King and for performing community service in his memory -- Jan. 17, 2011.

Three days ago.

PHOTO CREDIT: Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County grab hold of their signs before participating in the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Monday, January 17, 2011. (Ted Richardson/ Raleigh News & Observer/ MCT)


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