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Medallions To Be Distributed To Students

October 19, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Medallions bearing the profile of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be distributed to millions of students nationwide as part of the first federal holiday honoring King’s birthday, Walter Fauntroy said Friday.

Fauntroy, the District of Columbia’s Democratic non-voting congressional delegate, said more than 3 million requests have been received so far for the medallions to be given to children in time for next year’s Jan. 20 observance.

A law sets the third Monday in January, starting in 1986, as a national holiday honoring King. The medallions have King’s profile on one side with the dates of his birth and death, while the other side has a dove and olive branch as a symbol of peace along with the words ″I have a dream.″

The medallions will be financed by corporations and distributed free to students, Fauntroy said. They are part of a program to tell youngsters about King and his work, he added.

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