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Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and others who worked for freedom and justice

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...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."

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking the day before his assassination


"A riot is the language of the unheard."


Jeffrey K. Bedrick

Jeffrey K. Bedrick

Graphics from Jett Sett Graphics

Jett Sett Graphics


Black History website


BLACK HISTORY EVENTS 2015


St. Louis County Library events

Tam-Tam of Africa! dance and drum, at the Missouri History Museum on Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21, 2015 at 7 PM. FREE admission

St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON chorus presents "Lift Every Voice and Sing," an annual concert that celebrates African-American cultures and traditions that have influenced St. Louis history. Featuring Kevin McBeth, conductor; Grammy-winner, performer, songwriter Patti Austin and St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON® Chorus. They will celebrate the achievements of African-American musicians and composers. 7:30 PM Friday, February 13 at Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard. Tickets are $25.

See more St Louis area events here.


Here's the most recent playlist for the Dr. Martin Luther King special on Lotsa A Cappella on KDHX:

Dr. King Tribute 2015


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photo: poster of Dr. King at Delmonico's Restaurant

ML King poster


"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..."
"If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, the historians will have to pause and say, 'There lived a great people - A Black People - who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.' This is our challenge and our overwhelming responsibility."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968


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Lotsa A Cappella playlists:

Playlist for Dr. King Special 1997

Playlist for Dr. King Special 1998

Playlist for Dr. King Special 1999

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2000

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2001

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2003

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2004

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2005

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2006

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2007

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2008

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2009

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2010

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2011

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2012

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2013

Playlist for 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2014

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2015


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SNCC poster


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


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on the outskirts of Montgomery

photo by Allen Zak

ZakFoto


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Selma to Birmingham

Southern Coalition for Social Justice


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MBK (Marjie) - 'The March on Washington 50th anniversary' set on Flickriver


African America

photo: "His Dream - Our Dream"
- statue of Dr. King in Fountain Park, St. Louis, Missouri

His Dream - Our Dream


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I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.

~ Harriet Tubman


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Recommended online references


The King Institute includes audio and video of Dr. King's speeches

MLK Day of Service (MLKDay.gov)

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

Bob Herbert's column:
To Those Who Paved The Way...I Wish You Were Here

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)
"What do you think of the Ferguson shooting and its impact on our communities and how do you think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have responded if he were alive?"


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.


BlackPast.org


Rosa Parks
February 4, 1913 - October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks

The Torchbearer Rosa Parks, by Rita Dove

Rosa Parks: an appreciation by Rev. Jesse Jackson


Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Historic recordings on the Smithsonian Folkways label:   "Sing For Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs", a 70-minute CD of field recordings from Montgomery, Birmingham, Albany GA, Atlanta, Greenwood MS, and Nashville during the early 1960s; and "Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966", a double CD including songs recorded at mass meetings and many recordings of the SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) Freedom Singers and other ensembles. The booklet, written by Bernice Johnson Reagon (SNCC Freedom Singers, Sweet Honey In The Rock) includes photographs and a history of the Civil Rights movement.


The King Center

The King Center


Medgar Evers
July 2, 1925 - June 12, 1963

The King Center


Fannie Lou Hamer
October 6, 1917 - March 14, 1977

Fannie Lou Hamer


SNCC Singers - protest songs


Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

SNCC

Pops Staples & the Staple Singers

Sweet Honey In The Rock

Mahalia Jackson

Harry Belafonte



Africa


Nelson Mandela, South African leader
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela

The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.

~ Nelson Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom [1994]

Nelson Mandela.org

Mandela dies at 95

Mandela obituary on Reuters.com


Steve Biko, South African martyr
December 18, 1946 - September 12, 1977

Steve Biko


Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Miriam Makeba

Hugh Masekela

Angelique Kidjo


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I have a dream...

photo: "I have a dream..."
(another view in Fountain Park)


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We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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The Dream Continues...



Young Obama Supporters
Photo by "kids4obama"


To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too. And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

~ President-Elect Barack Obama, Election Night Speech in Chicago



Barack Obama speaks under the Arch, October 18, 2008
Photo by Adam


Google - honoring Dr. King
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