Were Martin Luther King alive today to celebrate his 90th birthday, what would he have to say about his nation’s contentious racial landscape? America is a far different place than when King was felled by an assassin’s bullet in 1968 at the young age of 39. An African-American has served two terms as president of the United States — something King likely thought even his children would never see. Blacks have served at the top levels of the Cabinet, on the Supreme Court, in the halls of Congress, as state governors. In New York, both houses of the Legislature are led by African-Americans, and the state’s chief law-enforcement official is a black woman. Indeed, race is no longer any barrier not just to the ballot box, but to elective office. Such an achievement surely would cheer King, for it was a long time coming. And it came about because the movement of which he was the public face fundamentally transformed America’s sensibility. Born in the churches of … [Read more...] about The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: the best of America
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Portland-area events honoring the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr. include service, speakers, performances and more and run through the long holiday weekend and extend into the next weekend.Weekend of ServiceThe 2019 United Way MLK Weekend of Service invites you to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering at locations across the metropolitan area. Spots are going fast, but there’s still room for more. Sign up at handsonportland.orgDrum Major CelebrationPortland’s annual Drum Major Celebration is presented Saturday and Sunday by Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church. Tickets are $25 for each event or $45 for both, available online, by calling 503-282-9496 or at the door.Saturday, the Salute to Greatness awards and scholarship luncheon will feature Lakayana Drury, social studies teacher at Rosemary Anderson High School and Executive Director of “Word is Bond,” as the keynote speaker. Noon to 2 p.m. at New Song Community Church … [Read more...] about MLK Day 2019 in Portland: Events honor legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr
Thursday January 17, 2019 09:02 PM The holiday will be observed on Monday, but events are being held on several days. Berks County, PA — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday will be observed Monday in a series of events throughout Berks County.The civil rights leader was born on Jan. 15, 1929, but the federal holiday is observed on the third Monday in January. The holiday was first celebrated in 1986.TodayVolunteers will hand out coats and lunches from noon to 1 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 224 Washington St., Reading. Sponsor: Reading & Vicinity Ministerial Association. Information: call 484-345-0975.Saturday"Afflictions, Accomplishments and Aspirations" workshops for youth and adults, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, Reading. Sponsor: Reading & Vicinity Ministerial Association.The Afro-Semetic Experience, a jazz band composed of African-American and Jewish musicians, 7 p.m. at the Jewish Federation of Reading, 555 Warwick Drive, … [Read more...] about Berks County will remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in service, song and cinema
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. lived with the threat of death every day. He regularly received threats and was injured more than once. In 1956 someone called and told him he would be sorry he ever came to Montgomery, Ala., during the fight to desegregate city busses. On Jan. 30, 1956, King's home was bombed while he was speaking at First Baptist Church. His wife and a 7-month-old daughter were there but not injured. On Sept. 20, 1958, King was signing copies of his book, "Stride Toward Freedom," at Blumstein's Department Store in Harlem, New York City. A woman came up to him and asked him if he was King. When he said he was, she stabbed him in the chest with a letter opener. Doctors told him the edge of the blade had been resting on his aorta - one sneeze would have caused a puncture that would have killed him. King referred to that incident on April 3, 1968, in his speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop." He said, "I'm so glad I didn't sneeze." The next day he was … [Read more...] about Did you know the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed 10 years before he was assassinated?
A group of 20 community leaders who spent six months studying the leadership principles of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will graduate on Sunday, June 24. Graduation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Development Institute will be held at 5 p.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 N. 17th St., Harrisburg. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Guest speaker is the Rev. James C. Perkins, president of Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Master of ceremonies is Deacon C.T. Hailey, host of Echoes of Glory. Joe Robinson, president of the MLK Leadership Development Institute, said participants learn about King's nonviolent approach to leadership. We are "teaching them about how to engage in their communities. There is a session on public policy and how it's used and how it's made. We also have a session where we talk about law and justice, a panel discussion with legal officials, a couple of Dauphin County judges, the district attorney's office, some private attorneys, to … [Read more...] about Graduates studied leadership principles of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.