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

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Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's 'Theory of Relativity' to serve. You don't have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"A riot is the language of the unheard."

Jeffrey K. Bedrick

Jeffrey K. Bedrick

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Black History website


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:

Dr. King Tribute 2016

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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

Playlist for Dr. King Special 2016

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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


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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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A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

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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.


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)


Pops Staples & the Staple Singers

Sweet Honey In The Rock

Mahalia Jackson

Harry Belafonte


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

Nelson Mandela

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 [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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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.

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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"

Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage or pay their doctors' bills or save enough for their child's college education.

~ 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

I Have A Dream



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