Martin Luther King Brought the Hebrew Prophets to Life

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‘Every Generation Must Reappropriate the Lessons of the Past': Protesters Reclaim MLK Day In Rallies Across US.

“This is a free event in the spirit of how do we give back and keep the energy of Dr. Students from Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts shared their views on the annual “Streaming Live Justice” show, a special edition of the Saturday Light Brigade program broadcast from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. “These people are leading your future,” says one, commenting on the importance of voting. “So you really have to know what they want to do, who they are, what their plans are.” “With this radio program, they can have people calling and listening and sharing everything,” says Chanessa Schuler, multi-media director for the program. “So I think it’s our responsibility to share that, because people need to know.” As the radio show continues, younger kids take turns at a different microphone, reciting a speech that helped change America: Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” oration. “The students who do know about the movement, they’re going to be the ones that create change and let other people know that they can create change,” Chanessa Schuler adds. “They’re going to be leaders.” King alive,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who served as master of ceremonies. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Martin Luther King Jr. began with a candlelight march in Meridian, where a gala Saturday night raised money for scholarships for deserving young people.

In Gulfport, the lead plaintiff in Biloxi’s first school desegregation suit — now a 61-year-old physician who provides care to uninsured and under-insured people — was presented the MLK Coast-wide Celebration Committee’s Medallion of Service award. The annual federal holiday has taken on renowned significance this year in the midst of what has become the largest movement for racial justice in American since King’s lifetime. Countrywide rallies against police brutality, impunity, and racism have been consistent across the US in 2014, following a number of high profile cases of killings of black men at the hands of the police. Against that backdrop, protesters have called on the public to remember King for his more radical work and message — and warned against “whitewashing” the civil right leader’s contributions. “Dr. Mason graduated with honors in 1971 from the desegregated Biloxi Senior High School in 1971, got his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Tulane University.

King was part of a larger movement of women, and men, queer, and straight, young and old,” the Ferguson Action group, which was born on the heels of the Missouri protests that launched this summer, posted to its website. “This movement was built on a bold vision that was radical, principled, and uncompromising. Bernice King,” he said, addressing King’s daughter. “I only stepped into his shoes for a moment, but I asked myself, ‘How did he do it?'” Oyelowo said. He explained that he, like King, has four children and said he cannot imagine walking through life knowing there are people who wanted to take their lives or that of his wife. Gilbert Mason Sr., had led wade-ins — protests against the coast’s segregated beaches — from 1959 to 1963, when filed lawsuits against both the schools and beaches. “He was following the civil rights playbook, which at the time was desegregation of schools, access to public accommodations, civic engagement and social justice,” Mason said. Kennedy did what you were doing?” and “What do you think Martin Luther King’s mother would’ve said to him for what you might be doing?” Other events included a coast-wide fire safety event, a prayer breakfast in Moss Point and parades in Gulfport, Moss Point, and Picayune, where organizers asked spectators to bring items for a food drive.

From here on, MLK weekend will be known as a time of national resistance to injustice.” “Today is about reclaiming what MLK Day means,” Charlene Carruthers, national coordinator of the Black Youth Project 100, told the Washington Post. “His work and his image has been sanitized by people who are interested in maintaining the current system of oppression.” From New York to St. Louis to Oakland, protesters aimed to turn a day of memory into one of action that included the street demonstrations and disruption that were an essential component of King’s struggle. White officers used clubs and tear gas on March 7, 1965 — “Bloody Sunday” — to rout marchers intent on walking to Montgomery, the Alabama capital, to seek the right for blacks to register to vote. In New York, dozens of civil rights and racial justice groups rallied from Harlem to the United Nations, while others gathered downtown in Union Square. Activists paid tribute to that movement’s legacy — while also claiming their prerogative to carry on that struggle differently. “As Tef Poe and others say regularly, this civil rights movement is not your mom and dad’s civil rights movement,” California-based pastor Rev.

They included community service projects by about 350 Belhaven University students and services and children’s activities at Millsaps College, put on by Millsaps and Tougaloo College students. McBride is a member of PICO, a national network of faith-based community organizations that have been working in Ferguson since August. “Every generation must reappropriate the lessons of the past, the experience of their elders,” he added. “They must then make it relevant for the time in which we live.”

Things are almost 100 percent better” than in the 1960s, when King “was having to visit Mississippi so often.” James Meredith, who integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962, said King was “probably the most inspiring person I ever met, but he’s dead.” He said the King Day celebrations now distract black leaders from dealing with current problems. “What most black leaders are doing today, once or twice a year, is celebrating (King) and providing the excuse for them not to do their own jobs,” Meredith said. The award got its name from a speech King gave in Atlanta in February 1968, where he called on people to have “the drum major instinct,” said Chauncey Godwin, who presented the award.

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