Graphics from Jett Sett Graphics
Black History website
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:
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
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
~ Edward Everett Hale
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
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
~ 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)
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Dream Continues...
Young Obama Supporters
Photo by "kids4obama"
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
~ President-Elect Barack Obama, Election Night Speech in Chicago
Barack Obama speaks under the Arch, October 18, 2008
Photo by Adam