Monday, January 17, 2011


Today, for the 25th time, we mark the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday in his honor. In researching the information for this post, it occurred to me that at some point the holiday might undergo a name change (like Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays were renamed Presidents Day). Some might consider that a slap at Dr. King, but I believe it would only serve to honor his memory more, since it would be because of his life that others were honored.

Take some time to explore the links below (especially the abundance of information in the first three). I am sure you will learn many things you didn't already know:

1. Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Civil Rights Movement. [The Seattle Times]
2. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. [Stanford University]
3. Martin Luther King's Legacy (Text & Links To Speeches/Essays). [The Nation]
4. Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Civil Rights Movement. [Newsweek]

5. Editorial Reactions to King's 1963 speech. [The Baltimore Sun]
6. How do we celebrate Martin Luther King Day? [McClatchy]
7. President Obama does fulfill King's Dream. [The Huffington Post]
8. Freedom to dissent next. [The Boston Herald]

9. Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Civil Rights Movement. [The Christian Science Monitor]
10. Never-Seen Before: MLK & the Freedom Rides . [Life]
11. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo Gallery). [Slate]
12. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Four books to consider. [The Wall Street Journal] Get the books here:

* Child of the Civil Rights Movement (Junior Library Guild Selection)

* A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

* The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives

* The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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