I thought today was a fitting day to tell the story about one of my favorite school events. When Mackenzie was in the 2nd grade, her school held an event to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday....more
Today is the official holiday to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is intended as a national day of service in his honor. It is based on his quote: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" To serve, you don't need a grand plan or a huge organization. Walk out your front door. There is a need in your own neighborhood. ...more
Early on the crisp, clear morning of January 15, 1981, I boarded a bus in Princeton, New Jersey bound for a demonstration in Washington, DC to make the birthdate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a national holiday. Via the Associated Press, the New York Times reported the next day that about 15,000 of us "walked along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol the Washington Monument, carrying signs that read, 'Let's make this day a day of celebration - Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King' and 'I Have a Dream - for Peace.'"
I was just barely three years old when Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. That makes my life one that has really never had a first hands understanding of what his struggle was like. I have never known a time when there wasn't such a thing as the Civil Rights Movement. I have never seen 'separate but equal'....more
Last year, my little blog here had a grand old time using my picture clues to guess the name of biskie spawn #2. Most of you thought we’d use the name, “Martin,” or “Luther,” but no so! Of course, I had to go with the more elusive, King (with absolutely no reference whatsoever to royalty. Pinky swear). =0) We settled on Rhys King. It was important to me to give my child a name that celebrated mine -and his- African-American heritage....more
This is the week in which we honor the birth of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King. It is a holiday that was, in the words of the song, "a long time coming."
This year, we are calling it "A Day of Service," with the slogan "Make it a Day On, not a Day Off." It is a noble and appropriate idea. And who could not be thankful that members of the first family and the cabinet cooked food at homeless shelters and soup kitchens, cleaned trash up in a beautification project, and directly delivered food to the hungry? It's a good thing to do to really honor Martin Luther King.
I was very disappointed this weekend to read that the family of Dr Martin L King is charging a $800,000 fee for the use of his words.
The idea is to build a monument, centrally located in Washington DC, to honor him and his vision, which I think just proves how far we have come as a nation and as individuals embracing the ideas he fought so hard to promote.
The organization building the monument is looking for private donations thru publishing and distributing brochures, the quotes by MLK are to be used in those brochures.
Did you know that Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act in 1994 making it a national day of volunteer service?
I didn't, until President-elect Barack Obama asked Americans to volunteer on MLK Day, and throughout the year.
Below are 5 ways you can get involved:
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