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EVENTS 2016 - 2017
St. Louis, Missouri events
Missouri History Museum events
St. Louis County Library events
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM:
Lift Every Voice: Black History Month Celebration
Kevin McBeth, conductor, and the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus at Powell Symphony Hall. This annual concert celebrates African-American culture
and traditions that have shaped St. Louis, the U.S. and the world. Join conductor Kevin McBeth, special guest artist Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals,
and the STL Symphony IN UNISON Chorus to commemorate the legacy of African-American art, music, culture and community.
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
Lotsa A Cappella playlists:
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 Zak
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
photo: "His Dream - Our Dream"
- statue of Dr. King in Fountain Park, St. Louis, Missouri
The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought.
- Mahatma Gandhi
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.
February 4, 1913 - October 25, 2005
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
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
Nelson Mandela, South African leader
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
~ Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom 
Mandela dies at 95
Mandela obituary on Reuters.com
Steve Biko, South African martyr
December 18, 1946 - September 12, 1977
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
photo: "I have a dream..."
(another view in Fountain Park)
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Dream Continues...
"We've come a long, long way, and we've got a long way to go."
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Young Obama Supporters
Photo by "kids4obama"
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
~ President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009
Barack Obama speaks under the Arch, October 18, 2008
Photo by Adam