Respecting Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 1, 2014

Rev Dr King2Civil rights, so important for society, so easy to take for granted.  Martin Luther King, Jr. day is so much more than a three-day weekend.  Here’s a collection of articles and photos that reveal more about the man who stands as a symbol for equality, self-respect, and love.

Life magazine’s great historical photo archive documents the March on Washington, where Dr. King gave the legendary “I have a Dream,” speech, August 28, 1963.  It’s impossible to look at the faces in the crowd and not be moved by the powerful energy and emotion.

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Intimate photos of Dr. King’s life and family, a man with a genuine smile.  Charisma is eternal.  The King Center has more photos and a detailed list of his many accomplishments as a  writer, orator, and social leader.

Enacting change requires control, strength, and support.  Slate has a copy of the Montgomery Improvement Association’s guidelines for boarding a bus while black immediately after segregation was ruled unconstitutional.  Even though the document’s written in an even tone, the threat of violence and intimidation is chilling to this day.

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Photos of the Lorraine Hotel, the night MLK was assassinated from Life magazine.  Sad, grave, sobering.

A Memphis jury found the US government guilty of a conspiracy to assassinate Dr. King, but documentation of this verdict is sparse.  The King Center has a statement on the assassination trial verdict from Coretta Scott King and her family.  A must-read.

More information will be revealed in 2027, when sealed records the government has regarding Dr. King will be released.

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And now for some proof that our society still has a LOT of work to do.

  • The Gap invokes Martin Luther King, Jr.   For a sale.  Featuring white models.  With no context for what this national holiday represents.  Not smart.



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