Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2016

CNN/Donna Brazile, 1/17/16. "MLK Day turns 30: why we observe it", includes 22 photographs: the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Image result for Martin Luther King Jr. pictures....  "Whether or not you have the day off, it's worth reflecting on the life and philosophy of the man we honor Monday. Had an assassin's bullet not taken his life at the age of 39, King would have turned 87 on Friday. Had he lived, I believe King would have continued to inspire hope and would challenge us to fulfill his dream of a more inclusive society -- where everyone would have an equal opportunity for 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'

No doubt King, who was passionate about justice and equality for all, would have been proud of all the milestones we have achieved as a nation, including the election of our first black president of the United States. Nevertheless, King would have urged us to move beyond our internal divisions of political partisanship and to find common ground. King believed that "hate is too great a burden to bear" and that we should not "seek to satisfy our thirst of freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."  Read article.

Reference.  History/Martin Luther King Jr. "Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest." Biography/Martin Luther King Jr. ".... Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. ..."

Note photograph/graphic from Dogo News (Educational), Meera Dalasia, 1/20/14, "Celebrating the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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