Volume 55, Number 19 January 28, 2008
Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith discussed Ronald Reagan's position on the Martin Luther King holiday in an opinion piece in the January 21 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. While Reagan signed the bill creating a national holiday in honor of King, he also sympathized with then-North Carolina Senator Jessie Helms, who wanted a deeper investigation into King's background and considered him a communist sympathizer.
Smith filed a Freedom of Information Act request for presidential records
regarding the King holiday. When he received the papers, 26 pages
of the records were withheld.
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