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Martin Luther King, Jr. – Selected Quotes January 19, 2009

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The following are Martin Luther King quotes on various subjects.mlk

Justice

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.  Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
–from Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

Faith

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

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Xtra, Xtra: MLK January 18, 2009

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Here you can find additional information about Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Ray Charles “Abraham, Martin, and John”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 2009

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Martin Luther King was born as Michael Luther King (later changed) on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.  King entered  Morehouse College at the age of 15, and went on receive his B.A. in sociology in 1948.  King then entered Crozer Theological Seminary, and in 1951 received a B.A. in Divinity.  In the fall of 1951, King began studying for a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Boston University, where he completed studies in 1955.  While in Boston King met Coretta Scott, who was studying concert singing at the New England Conservatory of Music.  The two married in 1953 and had four children.

Rev. King, who was ordained at the age of nineteen at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, following in the footsteps of his father who was then senior pastor. In 1954 King accepted the role of senior pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.   The modern civil rights movement was sparked in 1955 by Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat to a white patron on a segregated public bus.  Rev. King, as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, helped lead the 381-day long Montgomery Bus Boycott through Gandhi inspired nonviolent protest.  As the movement spread to other American cities, King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech.

“In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.  When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~ Martin Luther King

In April 1968, Rev. King was in Memphis, Tennessee supporting the “Poor People’s Campaign.” On April 4th, Dr. King was tragically gunned down by an assassin’s bullet as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.  The nation and world mourned as Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was laid to rest on April 9, 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Dr. King on the designation of his birthday as a federal holiday

Sources: The King Center; The Nobel Foundation; USConstitution.net

Xtra, Xtra: Motown January 14, 2009

Posted by Wheneva Whateva in I Heart Music, Xtra Xtra.
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Before I give you the Xtra, Xtra I wanted to share my music experience from last night.  This is a true testament of the universality of music.  I was in the library last night looking for the Standing In the Shadows of Motown DVD. (Sidenote: I really wanted to do a mini review for you, but they couldn’t find it on the shelf.  So stay tuned!)  As I was chatting with the librarian, who’s an older white man, two other patrons were also waiting at the counter and overheard the conversation.  The older black woman joked with me “What you know about Motown?  You’re not old enough.”  I told her I wanted to see it as part of my celebration of the 50th anniversary.  We ended up spending an extra 20 minutes talking about our favorite Motown songs and artists.  That conversation completely erased my disappointment of not getting the DVD.

And, now back to our regularly scheduled program…Here’s a little Xtra, Xtra.  Enjoy!

Motown 25

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