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Black History website
I May Not Get There With You: A Multimedia MLK Celebration at the Missouri History Museum on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 6 PM.
Let Freedom Ring 2014 is a daylong reading of Dr. King's speeches and writings, accompanied by a slideshow, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 from 9 AM until 5 PM at Christ Church Cathedral, 13th and Locust Streets. Free admission; drop in for a few minutes or as long as you like.
University of MO St. Louis
celebrates Dr. King's legacy,
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at 10 AM at the Touhill Center
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church's celebration
features music and a re-enactment of Dr. King's
"I Have A Dream" speech at 4 PM on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
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..."
"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,
January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968
Nelson Mandela, South African leader
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
~ Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom 
Mandela dies at 95
Mandela obituary on Reuters.com
Mandela congratulates Obama
Recommended online references
photo: "His Dream - Our Dream"
- statue of Dr. King in Fountain Park, St. Louis, Missouri
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
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
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.
February 4, 1913 - October 25, 2005
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
July 2, 1925 - June 12, 1963
Fannie Lou Hamer
October 6, 1917 - March 14, 1977
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
Pops Staples & the Staple Singers
Sweet Honey In The Rock
Steve Biko, South African martyr
December 18, 1946 - September 12, 1977
photo: "I have a dream..."
(another view in Fountain Park)
...'Well,' theyíre saying, 'you need to put on brakes.' The only answer that we can give to that is that the motorís now cranked up and weíre moving up the highway of freedom toward the city of equality, and we canít afford to stop now because our nation has a date with destiny. We must keep moving. Then there is another cry. They say, 'Why donít you do it in a gradual manner?' Well, gradualism is little more than escapism and do-nothingism, which ends up in stand-stillism. We know that our brothers and sisters in Africa and Asia are moving with jet-like speed toward the goal of political independence. And in some communities we are still moving at horse-and-buggy pace toward the gaining of a hamburger and a cup of coffee at a lunch counter.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech at the Great March on Detroit, June 1963
The Dream Continues...
Young Obama Supporters
Photo by "kids4obama"
Race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America - to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality. The fact is that the comments that have been made and the issues that have surfaced over the last few weeks reflect the complexities of race in this country that we've never really worked through - a part of our union that we have yet to perfect. And if we walk away now, if we simply retreat into our respective corners, we will never be able to come together and solve challenges like health care, or education, or the need to find good jobs for every American. Understanding this reality requires a reminder of how we arrived at this point. As William Faulkner once wrote, "The past isn't dead and buried. In fact, it isn't even past." We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country. But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.
~ Barack Obama, from "A More Perfect Union" speech, March 2008
Barack Obama speaks under the Arch, October 18, 2008
Photo by Adam