LOTSA A CAPPELLA
DR. KING TRIBUTE
Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and others who worked for freedom and justice
...Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, "If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the twentieth century, I will be happy." Now that's a strange statement to make, because the world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land. Confusion all around. That's a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding--something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya: Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee--the cry is always the same--"We want to be free."
Here's the most recent playlist for the Dr. Martin Luther King special on Lotsa A Cappella on KDHX:
photo: poster of Dr. King at Delmonico's Restaurant
"We must develop and maintain a sense of dignity and self respect. We must not allow anybody or anything to make us feel that we do not
count. We must believe in our souls that we are somebody, that we are significant, that we are worthful; we must walk the streets everyday
with this sense of dignity and this sense of self respect..."
Lotsa A Cappella playlists:
Click here for the text of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
Video excerpt and complete text of Dr. King's last speech
African American Odyssey exhibit from the Library of Congress
photo by Allen ZakZakFoto
photo: "His Dream - Our Dream"
Recommended online references
The King Institute includes audio and video of Dr. King's speeches
Tavis Smiley's Striving for the Dream
From Time Magazine: "I have seen the promised land"
The Seattle Times: Dr. King and the civil rights movement
The Los Angeles Times: Historic site's keeper is living tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
The Washington Post: MLK Memorial's "drum major" quote will be corrected
Saint Louis, Missouri area 7th and 8th Graders wrote essays on this theme: (link to pdf file)
American Civil Rights
Wikipedia has a good overview. For a history of the civil rights movement in the USA from 1896-1954, click here.
For civil rights history since 1954, click here.