Community Bank & Trust Observes Martin Luther King Day

    All locations of Community Bank & Trust will be closed on Monday, January 18th to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Although no business will be transacted on January 18, 2016, you are always able to access your account information by using Option Online, Option 24 or the Mobile Community.


    History of Martin Luther King Day

    In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. Following support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single "Happy Birthday" and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983. Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000.

    Matin Luther King Day is a relatively new federal holiday and there are few long standing traditions. It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching their students about the work of Martin Luther King and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. In recent years, federal legislation has encouraged American to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.

    Martin Luther King Day, also known as Matin Luther King's birthday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is combined iwth other days in different states. For example, it is combined with Civil Rights Day in Arizona and Nwe Hampshire, while it is observed together with Human Rights Day in Idaho. It is also a day that is combined with Robert E. Lee's birthday in some states.