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Martin Luther King, Jr Day 2012

Jan 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Feature

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

The words above are part of the famous I Have a Dream  speech given by the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom  on August 28, 1963.

Nationwide on Monday, January 16, 2012, we celebrate the 83rd birthday (which is actually January 15th) of this incredible man who made a significant impact on not just the life of black people, but ALL people. As a Black American myself, I can’t imagine what life would be like especially since I live in the south. I have friends of all different races, nationalities, religions, economic statuses, and sexual orientations. I was able to attend and receive a degree from the university of my choice. I can go to any public place and sit where I please. I can vote.

What my parents and ancestors went through here in the United States is unimaginable. Had it not been for King and others like him who sacrificed their lives, I would not be able to enjoy the many rights that I’m able to partake in today that should have been for everybody in the past.

Although pretty much everybody has heard about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, I wanted to share a few quick facts that you may not have known.

  • He was born Michael Luther King, Jr. but later changed his name to Martin.
  • He finished high school at the age of 15 and graduated with his B.A. Degree at the age of 19!
  • In 1963, Time magazine named him Man of the Year.
  • At the age of 35, King was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize at the time.

Now that you hopefully know a little more about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, it’s time for the whole family to celebrate! You can go to Gospelfest on Sunday, January 15th at 3pm at St. James Baptist Church located at 536 West Florida Street right here in Greensboro. Admission is free when you bring a food donation. There is also a parade on Martin Luther King Junior Drive on Monday, January 16th, at 11am. To see WFMY News 2 talk about the celebrations taking place, click here.

The International Civil Rights Museum downtown has a day full of events planned on Monday, January 16th. From 12:30-2pm, there will be free children’s activities. There will also be a documentary film, games, puzzles, singing, and an art activity throughout the day. At 6pm will be a discussion with religious leaders on Dr. King’s Vision in the 21st Century which is a free event as well. Click here for more information.

Have fun celebrating but whatever you choose to do, don’t forget that although we have come a long way, there is still plenty of room to help give basic rights to ALL humans. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

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