Tributes, protests mark US Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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A different take on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

BOSTON (AP) — The state’s political heavyweights are planning to attend the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. 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. The march will start at 6 p.m. on the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard in Oakland and end Downtown at the City-County Building on Grant Street. • The Union Project will host an open discussion exploring differences between people and a community meal from 3 to 7 p.m. at its headquarters, 801 North Negley Ave. • The second part of the “Let Freedom Sing!” festival features a performance from The Anointed Children of God Mime Ministry from Macedonia Baptist Church. The engrossing book “The Bill of the Century,” which tells the story of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, gives one an appreciation for a truism about American democracy: We need great leadership, but great leadership is not enough.

King had the keen moral insight, the strategic sense to understand the benefits of nonviolence, an adeptness at shaping media and the wisdom to direct his message not simply to African Americans but also to all Americans. What contemporary leaders — both President Obama and gadflies on the far right — fail to appreciate is that directing your message primarily to your own base and demonstrating contempt for the other side immediately deprives you of moral standing and political credibility. Just the United States.) Now, Republicans, in his telling, want us to drink dirty water and proponents of Iran sanctions are driven by “donors and others.” You cannot lead a country as diverse as ours by vilifying half of it. 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. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is $18 for adults and $9 for students. • Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents “East Liberty Celebrates MLK Day” with family activities and performances by Dreams of Hope, 1Hood, TCDC, Hope Academy and Soundwaves from noon to 4 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave.

If you Google “Oyelowo, Du Vernay, Selma and snubbed”, you’ll get a sense of the fallout over the film’s failure to draw multiple nominations, aside from the “best film” category, and “best original song”. 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. Admission is pay-as-you-can. • The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will host a day-long event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring programs to celebrate the King holiday.

It was the legions of brave African Americans organized by numerous civil rights entities plus religious leaders both Jewish and Christian, the business organizations (who quietly met with the Justice Department well before the bill passed to ease the way for desegregation), liberals like Sen. Bernice King invoked the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York City and the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio. “I cannot help but remember many women and men who have been gunned down, not by a bad police force but by some bad actors in a police force,” she said. “We cannot act unless we understand what Dr. Events include performances, art projects and a chance for people to read aloud King’s speeches in the “King for a Day” program hosted by The Saturday Light Brigade Radio Show. • Geneva College’s Multicultural Student Services office will host “A Night of the Arts,” which will feature live jazz music by the Levels Group as well as solo musical performances to honor King. Industry figures from Spike Lee (who wasn’t nominated for Malcolm X) to Star Wars director George Lucas have bemoaned the Academy’s cold shoulder. Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.), Justice Department lawyers, House Judiciary Committee ranking member William McCulloch (R-Ohio), students, retirees, enlightened judges — the list is endless — whose efforts (sometimes not quite in harmony with one another) achieved a magnificent transformation in American society.

The theories range from damage done by judgements of historical inaccuracies, in the portrayal of President Johnson; to a failure by the studio Paramount to get copies of the film to Academy members in time. None of this diminishes King’s role; to the contrary, it illustrates how inspired leadership ripples through society affecting seemingly disparate elements of society.

When I asked David Oyelowo why he thought the Academy had failed to embrace the film, he said: “Hollywood still has a problem with black powerful characters in the centre of their own narrative, driving their own destiny forward. King and his legacy are also a reminder of how entirely wrong and anti-constitutional is the notion (be it on gay marriage, on immigration, etc.) that public officials are free to disregard the Supreme Court or duly passed laws. As Oyelowo says, they may have been making a historical movie, but: “We were flabbergasted at the fact that we were seeing images on TV that were reflective of what we had literally just shot.

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