Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 01/18/2010

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., graduated from Morehouse College (B.A., 1948), Crozer Theological Seminary (B.D., 1951), and Boston University (Ph.D., 1955). The son of the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, King was ordained in 1947 and became (1954) minister of a Baptist church in Montgomery, Ala. He led the black boycott (1955-56) of segregated city bus lines and in 1956 gained a major victory and prestige as a civil-rights leader when Montgomery buses began to operate on a desegregated basis.

King organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which gave him a base to pursue further civil-rights activities, first in the South and later nationwide. His philosophy of nonviolent resistance led to his arrest on numerous occasions in the 1950s and 60s. His campaigns had mixed success, but the protest he led in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963 brought him worldwide attention. He spearheaded the Aug., 1963, March on Washington, which brought together more than 200,000 people. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

King’s leadership in the civil-rights movement was challenged in the mid-1960s as others grew more militant. His interests, however, widened from civil rights to include criticism of the Vietnam War and a deeper concern over poverty. His plans for a Poor People’s March to Washington were interrupted (1968) for a trip to Memphis, Tenn., in support of striking sanitation workers. On Apr. 4, 1968, he was shot and killed as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel (since 1991 a civil-rights museum).

King wrote Stride toward Freedom (1958), Why We Can’t Wait (1964), and Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967). His birthday is a national holiday, celebrated on the third Monday in January. King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, has carried on various aspects of his work. She also wrote My Life with Martin Luther King (1989).

via Fact Monster

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In honor of this day: what do you think of race in our society today? It’s a huge question, but especially with Obama having been president for a year now, how are we really doing? What would Martin Luther King Jr. say if he could see us today?

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  • ACW @ at 11:50 am, January 18th, 2010

    I think if MLK could see us today, he’d be embarrassed.
    We watched a really fabulous documentary the other day by HBO Films… “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” about how adults in Birmingham, 1963, were unable to participate in demonstrations out of fear of losing jobs, having cars repossessed, or homes foreclosed (due to institutional racism)… so the students took up the cause. The first day, Bull Connor had 900 arrested; the second, just under 2000; the third, over 3500. It was the images of minors being harmed that finally forced JFK’s hand… and yet, we never hear about it in our history books.
    Bottom line: we’ve become complacent. In the 1960s, all kinds of change took place. In the 1970s/80s, we adjusted to that change and understandably felt the aftereffects of previous discriminatory behavior. Here, fifty years later, has all that much changed?
    I know our elders make up a significant portion of the population, but unless they’re approaching 100, they’ve lived since the Civil Rights Movement at least as long as they lived before it. The assumption (logical conclusion?) is that racism is passed down through the generations… and must stop.
    There are two schools of thought: (1) As a society, we *cannot* be racist; look at who our president is… and (2) The president is *one man* and his having been elected changes very little for the daily interactions of those of us down here in the trenches.
    (I started off wanting to give my $.02, but wound up closer to a dollar… sorry…)

  • Amy CT @ at 12:13 pm, January 18th, 2010

    Wow – I didn’t even know that Martin Luther King day was a day… That’s amazing.

    I think that the best way I’ve heard this kind of thing summed up is in Brad Pailsey’s “Welcome to the furture”;

    “I had a friend in school
    Running Back on the football team
    They burned a cross in his front yard
    For asking out the Home Coming Queen

    I thought about him today
    And everybody who’s seen what he’s seen
    From a woman on a bus
    To a man with a dream

    He-ey, wake up Martin Luther,
    Welcome to the future”…


  • Toongrrl @ at 1:57 am, January 19th, 2010

    If MLK was alive: he’d be half happy and half horrified. Happy about a president of black descent and that some of us are conscious of the racism in society and trying to make things better and bettering ourselves and tolerating other people. He’d be horrified about the racism of plenty of groups and the birthers and tea partiers and at Fox News and reality tv. But I’d think that he would log onto this site and beam with pride that young people like us are trying to make the world a better place.
    Here’s a link to a cartoon by Masheka Wood about MLK’s birthday and what it means to some people. I think y’all will get a kick out of this and I’m sorry that you can’t just click on the link.

  • Dan Bradstreet @ at 3:46 pm, January 22nd, 2010

    Why Linfield holds class on Martin Luther King jr Day I don’t quite understand, this is a federally recognized holiday which

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