GOOD MARTIN LUTHER KING MONDAY!!!
Today, Monday, January 15, 2017, is the third Monday in the month of January, so; it is the day that we celebrate and commemorate the LIFE, LOVE, LABOR, and Longevity of The LEGACY of Pastor/Educator/Activist/Author/Humanitarian Rev. Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. (MLK)!!!
MLK was born MICHAEL KING Jr. on January 15, 1929, to parents Rev. and Mrs. MICHAEL and ALBERTA WILLIAMS KING in ATLANTA, GA.
After a trip to BERLIN, GERMANY in 1934, the elder MLK changed his and his son's names to MARTIN LUTHER KING Sr. and Jr.
He was educated in the ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, and, having skipped over both 9th and 12th grades; in 1944, MLK graduated from BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL at age 15.
In 1948, MLK received a B.A. degree in SOCIOLOGY from MOREHOUSE COLLEGE. In 1951, he received a B.Div. degree from CROZIER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY in CHESTER, PA, and then in 1955, a Ph.D. in SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY with the dissertation, A COMPARISON In The CONCEPTIONS Of GOD In The THINKING Of PAUL TILLICH And HENRY NELSON WIEMAN.
In 1953 at the age of 24, he married 26-year-old CORETTA SCOTT on the front lawn of her parent's home in HELBERGER, AL, From their union were born four children; YOLANDA, MARTIN III, DEXTER, and BERNICE.
In 1954, he received his first pastoral calling to the DEXTER AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH in MONTGOMERY, AL.
In March of 1955, 15-year-old MONTGOMERY, AL, resident CLAUDETTE COLVIN refused to surrender her seat on a public bus to a white passenger, was arrested, and jailed.
The local NAACP thought that it would be a good time to test the waters of protest agent the city's discriminatory laws regarding public transportation. However, it was later revealed that Claudette Colvin was pregnant, and it was then thought that it would not be a good look for their proposed movement.
In December 1955, 42-year-old ROSA PARKS took the same action as did Ms. Colvin, and was also arrested, jailed, and fined.
That series of events led to MLK becoming one of the principal planners and players in the 385-day MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT Of 1955, in 1957 becoming one of the founders and first president of the SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (SCLC), and is generally acknowledged as being one of the catalytic moments that helped define his 13-year tenure in the struggle of the UNITED STATES CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.
In 1958, MLK published his first book, STRIDE TOWARDS FREDOM: The MONTGOMERY STORY.
Here is listing of books authored by Rev. Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr.:
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1958. Dr. King’s first book; the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the beginning of the Nonviolent Civil Rights Movement.
Why We Can’t Wait. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1963. The essential writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. , James M. Washington, ed.
Strength to Love. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1963. This is a collection of Dr. King’s most requested sermons.
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1967. An assessment of America’s priorities and a warning that they need to be re-ordered.
The Trumpet of Conscience. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1968. (Foreword by Coretta Scott King.) This book is taken from the 1967 Massey Lectures which King gave through the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. King addresses issues including the Vietnam War, youth and civil disobedience and concludes with the “Christmas Sermon for Peace.”
Throughout the USA, there are numerous memorials to Rev. Dr. KING, including:
- More than 730 cities in the United States have streets named after King.
- King County, Washington, rededicated its name in his honor in 1986 and changed its logo to an image of his face in 2007.
- The city government center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is named in honor of King.
- In 1980, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated King's boyhood home in Atlanta and several nearby buildings the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
- A bust of Dr. King was added to the "gallery of notables" in the United States Capitol in 1986, portraying him in a "restful, nonspeaking pose."
- The beginning words of King's "I Have a Dream" speech are etched on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, at the place where King stood during that speech. The words were etched in 2003, on the 40th anniversary of the march to Washington, by stone carver Andy Del Gallo, after a law was passed by Congress providing authorization for the inscription.[
- In 1996, Congress authorized the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, of which King is still a member, to establish a foundation to manage fund raising and design of a national Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. King was the first African American and the fourth non-president honored with his own memorial in the National Mall area. The memorial opened in August 2011 and is administered by the National Park Service. The address of the monument, 1964 Independence Avenue, SW, commemorates the year that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.
- The Landmark for Peace Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana[
- The Homage to King sculpture in Atlanta, Georgia
- The Dream sculpture in Portland, Oregon
- The National Civil Rights Museum, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where King died.
KING FAMILY PORTRAIT (Standing left-to-right): Rev. MARTIN LUTHER KING, Sr., flanked by wife Mrs. ALBERTA KING (left), and mother-in-law Mrs. JEANNIE PARK WILLIAMS (Sitting left-to-right) brother ALFRED (A.D.), sister CHRISTINE, and MLK Jr.
Rev. & Mrs. MARTIN LUTHER & CORETTA SCOTT KING and their four children (clockwise from bottom left): DEXTER, YOLANDA, MLK III, and BERNICE (on her mother's lap)
KING FAMILY PORTRAIT: Seated - Rev. & Mrs. MLK Sr. & ALBERTA KING; Standing (left-to-right) Rev. A.D. and wife NAOMI KING, Mr. and Mrs. ISAAC and CHRISTINE KING FARRIS, Rev. and Mrs. MLK Jr. and CORETTA SCOTT KING, and all of MLK Sr. and ALBERTA's grandchildren
April 3, 1968: Revs. HOSEA WILLIAMS, JESSE JACKSON, MLK, & RALPH DAVID ABERNATHY on the balcony of the LORRAINE MOTEL in MEMPHIS, TN, on the day before Rev. Dr. KING was assassinated.
April 4, 1968: The DAY A KING Was KILLED - on the balcony of the LORRAINE MOTEL in MEMPHIS, TN.
April 4, 1968: The DAY A KING Was KILLED - Standing next to Police Officer: Revs. RALPH DAVID ABERNATHY & ANDREW YOUNG
April 9,m 1968: The DAY A KING Was LAID To REST - Mrs. CORETTA SCOTT KING at EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH in ATLANTA, GA
Left-toRight: YOLANDA, A.D., BERNICE, CORETTA, Rev. RDA, DEXTER, and MLK III