If you believe in human rights, civil rights, service to community, giving back to those who gave to you— unconditional love, peace, logic, reason, respect and equality— than YOU should be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
RESPECT REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.:·
In 1964, ML King Jr. became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (for his work as a peacemaker, promoting nonviolence and equal treatment for different races).
Dr. King often called for PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY in fostering world peace.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. His father was also a Reverend.
He went to Morehouse College at the age of fifteen— he skipped his ninth and twelfth years in high school.
King graduated from Morehouse in 1948 with a B.A. in sociology and enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PA.
He began his doctoral studies on Systematic Theology in 1951 at Boston University and received his Ph.D. in 1955.
In 1953, at the age of twenty-four, King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to comply with the Jim Crow laws that required her to give up her seat to a white man. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by King, soon followed. The boycott lasted for 382 days, the situation becoming so tense that King’s house was bombed. King was arrested during this campaign, which ended with a US Supreme Court decision outlawing racial segregation on all public transport.
King was an adherent of the philosophies of nonviolent civil disobedience used successfully in India by Mahatma Gandhi and he applied the philosophy to protests organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
King recognized that organized, nonviolent protest against the system of southern segregation known as Jim Crow laws would lead to extensive media coverage of the struggle for black equality and voting rights. Journalistic accounts and televised footage of the daily deprivation and indignities suffered by southern blacks, and of segregationist violence and harassment of civil rights workers and marchers, produced a wave of public opinion that made the Civil Rights Movement the single most important issue in American politics in the early 1960s.
On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
MLK Jr. Day is the only United States federal holiday commemorating an African American and one of only four to commemorate an individual person.
It was founded as a holiday promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations.
President Ronald Reagan was opposed to the holiday. He relented in his opposition only after Congress passed the King Day Bill with an overwhelming, veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).
6 million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 “Nation” article as “…the largest petition in favor of an issue in US history.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.
On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Day was officially observed in all 50 U.S. states.
DO YOU HAVE A DREAM?
I do! I dream of a time when RESPECT is more than a word— it’s an ACTION— RESPECT for Women, Men, Animals, the Earth, the Heavens and Hell below. Respect IT and IT will respect YOU!!!
DO YOU THINK RACIAL INEQUALITY STILL EXISTS?
It’s on the surface AND a hidden agenda. Think about Katrina.