Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.  King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994. Since 1996, the annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service.  has been the largest event in the nation honoring Dr. King. In honor of MLK, volunteers across the country donate their time to make a difference on this day.

Explore the mlkday.gov site to learn more about MLK Day and how you can participate. Below area few links to get you started.

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MLK Day: Final Freedom Train in Bay Area ends 30 years of celebrating King’s legacy

1/19/2015 11:36:32 AM PST mercurynews.

SAN JOSE — America’s final Freedom Train chugged out of San Jose’s Diridon Station and into the history books Monday, ending three decades of tributes on the nation’s rails that celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring legacy.

After years of declining interest, the chartered Caltrain roared to San Francisco on its final journey with a rejuvenated spirit and about 1,500 passengers — five times more than last year.

Packed joyously in 10 train cars, the multicultural mix of pilgrims sang civil rights hymns, read MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and shared personal stories. Michelle Geary’s mother, Arlee Geary, made sure their family was onboard.

“My mom called me and said, ‘I grew up on Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy and if this is going to be the last train I want all of us to ride it,” said Michelle Geary of San Jose whose son and husband were also part of the final ride.

King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, started the Freedom Train celebrations in dozens of cities across the country to commemorate the historic civil rights march her husband led from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

But with so many new competing events over the years marking MLK’s birthday, the train journeys faded away, leaving the Bay Area’s as the last to survive. This year, after the police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York, the traditional day of service also became a day of civil rights protests.

“All those people protesting these days, they ought to be demanding the continuation of the Freedom Train because losing this is a really a shame,” said Charles Herndon, who was the conductor on the first 25 years of MLK trains before retiring. He rode the farewell train as a passenger Monday.

For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_27350087/mlk-day-final-freedom-train-bay-area-ends

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26 thoughts on “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

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  2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.  King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

    The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994. Since 1996, the annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service.  has been the largest event in the nation honoring Dr. King. In honor of MLK, volunteers across the country donate their time to make a difference on this day.

    Explore the mlkday.gov site to learn more about MLK Day and how you can participate. Below area few links to get you started.

    • Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay Attend White House Screening of ‘Selma’

      JANUARY 16, 2015 | 07:00PM PT Ted Johnson – vartiety

      Oprah Winfrey, rapper Common and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) were among the guests for a White House screening of the movie “http://www.selmamovie.com/”>Selma” on Friday hosted by President Obama.

      Also on the guest list, according to a White House official, were director Ava DuVernay; star David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr.; Carmen Ejogo, who portays Coretta Scott King; and actor Tim Roth, who portrays Gov. George Wallace.

      Winfrey is a producer of the movie and portrays civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper. Common and John Legend were nominated for an Oscar for the movie for their song “Glory.”

      Lewis, a leader of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee, helped lead the Selma-to-Montgomery march on March 7, 1965, that was stopped at the Edmund Pettus Bridge when state troopers attacked the demonstrators. The broadcasting of the event on nationwide TV that day, known as “Bloody Sunday,” proved to be a turning point in the push for a Voting Rights Act.

      The screening itself was closed to the press.

      The White House announced the screening on Thursday afternoon, just hours after the Oscar nominations were announced. Although “Selma” received nominations for picture and song, the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have been criticized for snubbing the movie in other categories, like DuVernay for director and Oyelowo for actor.

      Paramount on Friday announced that cast members from “Selma” would participate in a march in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    • Attorney General Holder Delivers Remarks Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

      Thursday, January 15, 2015
      Washington, DCUnited States

      “Thank you, Vanita [Gupta], for those kind words – and thank you all for being here. It’s a privilege to welcome such a distinguished crowd to the Great Hall for this important observance and on what will be my last opportunity to share it with you as Attorney General. It’s a pleasure, as always, to join so many valued colleagues and good friends in paying tribute to the enduring legacy of an extraordinary leader; in celebrating the contributions of a singular figure in our nation’s history; and in honoring the memory of a lifelong champion for equality, for peace, and for justice: the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      “I am glad to share the stage this morning with Dorothy Williams, Richard Toscano, Thomas Wright, and of course Assistant Attorney General Gupta. I’d like to thank every member of the Junior ROTC Color Guard for opening today’s ceremony. I want to extend a special welcome to civil rights activist Dorie Ann Ladner, whom we’re honored to have with us today. And I particularly want to thank all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to participate in this annual event – on what should have been Dr. King’s 86th birthday – as we join millions of our fellow citizens, throughout the country, in remembering the man who helped to lead a sweeping movement that forever changed the face of America – and inspired people around the world to reach for opportunity and inclusion.

      “The remarkable and enduring achievements of the Civil Rights Era – in tearing down segregationist policies, expanding access to the ballot box, and enshrining key protections into law – did nothing less than alter the course of history. The impact of the Movement has been transformative, and its power impossible to measure, over the last five decades. Yet, as we’ve been reminded all too clearly in recent months – despite this once-unimaginable progress – there’s no denying, as we gather for this important commemoration, that a great deal of work remains to be done. Even today, in 2015, our journey is not yet complete. Economic progress remains uneven, educational opportunity is still not uniform, the right to vote is under siege. And we continue to live in a world that’s too often divided – a world riven by misunderstanding and despair. A world beset by momentous challenges, old and new. And a world badly in need of the compassion, the inclusion, and the healing that Dr. King stood for, and worked toward, throughout his too-short 39 years.

      For more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-holder-delivers-remarks-honoring-life-and-legacy-dr-martin-luther-king

    • SELMA CAST TO MARCH IN ALABAMA

      The cast of the movie Selma will march in Alabama to mark Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

      January 17, 2015, 7:11 pm AAP

      Selma stars David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey and Common are set to retrace Martin Luther King Jr’s steps by marching in Alabama to mark the civil rights icon’s birthday.

      The revered activist led the voting rights protest from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 and the historic event has been documented in new biopic Selma, with British actor Oyelowo portraying King.

      The movie earned two Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song on what would have been King’s 86th birthday on Thursday, and to highlight the occasion, the stars of the film are preparing to join forces with director Ava DuVernay and march this weekend.

      The commemorative event will take place on Sunday on the eve of America’s annual Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday.

      The day-long march will begin with a question and answer session with the cast and filmmakers for students and teachers of Selma High School. The talk will be moderated by congresswoman Terri Sewell.

      Mayor George Evans will then deliver a community address at Selma City Hall, followed by prayers at local churches, before the Selma stars march to Edmund Pettus Bridge.

      The festivities will wrap up with a screening of the Oscar-nominated movie at the Selma Walton Theater, two days after US President Barack Obama hosts the film’s stars at the White House for a similar screening on Friday.

      • ‘Selma’ stars including Oprah march in Alabama, honoring MLK

        1/18/15 By KIM CHANDLER – Associated Press

        SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie “Selma” and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

        The remembrance comes after several incidents in which unarmed black men were killed by police in recent months, spurring protests and heightening tensions around the country. In Ferguson, Missouri, where one fatal shooting caused weeks of violent protests, leading black members of Congress pressed for further reforms of the criminal justice system in the name of equality.

        Eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus joined U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson as they took up King’s legacy in light of the recent deaths.

        “We need to be outraged when local law enforcement and the justice system repeatedly allow young, unarmed black men to encounter police and then wind up dead with no consequences,” said Clay, a St. Louis Democrat. “Not just in Ferguson, but over and over again across this country.”

        For more: http://news.yahoo.com/selma-stars-march-alabama-honor-mlk-day-194816290.html

    • January 19, 2015

      The President and First Lady, Vice President Biden, Cabinet Secretaries, and Senior Administration Officials Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

      WASHINGTON, DC – To honor the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service and Dr. King’s life and legacy, the President and First Lady, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, and other Senior Administration Officials will participate in community service projects and events. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans to honor Dr. King by coming together to help meet the needs of their communities and re-commit to service throughout the year.

      The President and First Lady will participate in a community service project at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy. They will be joined by Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) CEO Wendy Spencer.

      Also today, the Vice President will deliver remarks at the Organization of Minority Women’s 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. The breakfast, which takes place at the Chase Center on Wilmington’s Riverfront, will commemorate the legacy of the great ‘Drum Major of Justice for all People,’ the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and will pay tribute to the late State Representatives Al and Hazel D. Plant.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/19/president-and-first-lady-vice-president-biden-cabinet-secretaries-and-se

    • MLK Day: Final Freedom Train in Bay Area ends 30 years of celebrating King’s legacy

      1/19/2015 11:36:32 AM PST mercurynews.

      SAN JOSE — America’s final Freedom Train chugged out of San Jose’s Diridon Station and into the history books Monday, ending three decades of tributes on the nation’s rails that celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring legacy.

      After years of declining interest, the chartered Caltrain roared to San Francisco on its final journey with a rejuvenated spirit and about 1,500 passengers — five times more than last year.

      Packed joyously in 10 train cars, the multicultural mix of pilgrims sang civil rights hymns, read MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and shared personal stories. Michelle Geary’s mother, Arlee Geary, made sure their family was onboard.

      “My mom called me and said, ‘I grew up on Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy and if this is going to be the last train I want all of us to ride it,” said Michelle Geary of San Jose whose son and husband were also part of the final ride.

      King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, started the Freedom Train celebrations in dozens of cities across the country to commemorate the historic civil rights march her husband led from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

      But with so many new competing events over the years marking MLK’s birthday, the train journeys faded away, leaving the Bay Area’s as the last to survive. This year, after the police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York, the traditional day of service also became a day of civil rights protests.

      “All those people protesting these days, they ought to be demanding the continuation of the Freedom Train because losing this is a really a shame,” said Charles Herndon, who was the conductor on the first 25 years of MLK trains before retiring. He rode the farewell train as a passenger Monday.

      For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_27350087/mlk-day-final-freedom-train-bay-area-ends

  3. Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and CTE Education

    Valerie Jarrett January 16, 2015 06:27 PM EST

    President Obama believes in the innate curiosity of every child, and our responsibility to ensure that every young woman and girl has the opportunity to achieve her dreams, regardless of what zip code she is born in.

    This week, as part of the President’s commitment to equal opportunity for all students, the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Education, and the Georgetown University Law Center on Poverty and Inequality highlighted programs that focus on developing the talent of girls of color and low-income girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and career technical education (CTE) careers. We heard from the educators, innovators, researchers, scientists, and marginalized girls themselves who are dedicated to increasing the participation of low-income girls and girls of color in post-secondary education and in-demand careers within high-growth industry sectors.

    According to a recent National Science Foundation study, today, more women graduate from college and participate in graduate programs than men. As the White House Council on Women and Girls noted in our November 2014 report, Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity, since 2009, both fourth- and eighth-grade math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the largest nationwide assessment, have improved for all girls of color, and since 2009 the high school dropout rate has fallen by 16 percent for black girls and 30 percent for Hispanic girls.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/16/front-and-center-bringing-marginalized-girls-focus-stem-and-cte-education

  4. Hi CR,

    What every happened to Senators like Harris Wofford? And, I never really knew how much Rep. John Lewis had done until I saw the Movie Selma. I knew he was involved with the Freedom Riders… where I think he gotten beaten, too. Rep. Lewis is a humbly but brave man. Someone asked him how was he able to keep going back then, and he said that he decided not to be afraid. He was only 22 yrs/old when Selma took place. On MLK Day, I am going to see Selma again. Yesterday, AG Holder gave a really good speech about MLK, etc.

    Thank you for post.

    • Hi Issac!

      I think that it is great that the White House screened ‘Selma’; that recongnition is an award in itself. Nice that 7th, 8th& 9th graders will be able to see ‘Selma’ in theaters for free.

      Thanks for the heads up on AG Holder’s speech.

  5. Reblogged this on While you were sleeping and commented:
    Martin Luther King Day takes on a special significance this year as we seem to be reverting back to the days when Martin led the fight for equality…and when his views on non-violent activism are of particular importance.

  6. President Obama Vows to Veto New Iran Sanctions

    4 hours ago ABC News By DEVIN DWYER and JONATHAN KARL

    President Obama says he will veto proposed bipartisan legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran so long as diplomatic negotiations over a nuclear deal remain underway.

    “I will veto a bill that comes to my desk,” Obama said in response to a question from ABC News at a joint news conference with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.

    “There is no good argument for us to undercut, undermine the negotiations until they play out,” Obama said.

    Obama said hitting Iran’s economy with new sanctions in the next 60 to 90 days would violate an interim agreement reached last year, deepen recriminations, and heighten the risk of a military confrontation.

    “Congress needs to show patience,” Obama said.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/president-obama-vows-veto-iran-sanctions-193425888.html

  7. Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    January 17, 2015

    Hi, everybody. Every day, we get thousands of letters and emails at the White House from Americans across the country – and every night, I read ten of them. They tell me about their hopes and their worries, their hardships and successes. They’re the Americans I’m working for every day – and this year, several of these letter writers will join me at the Capitol when I deliver my annual State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.

    Carolyn Reed wrote to me from Colorado to tell me she was able to expand her business, thanks to a loan from the Small Business Administration. Today, she and her husband own seven Silver Mine Sub Shops – and last year, they raised wages for all their hourly employees.

    Victor Fugate, from Butler, Missouri, wrote to tell me that he was unemployed for a while a few years ago, but today he’s earned his degree and found a full-time job. Victor said that he and his wife were able to afford their student loans because our country offered millions of Americans the chance to cap their monthly payments as a percentage of their income – and, because of the Affordable Care Act, they now have the security and peace of mind of affordable health insurance.

    While serving in Afghanistan, Jason Gibson was gravely wounded—he lost both his legs. When I first met him in the hospital, he was just beginning his long, difficult road to recovery. But last year, Sergeant Gibson wrote to tell me that with the help of our extraordinary doctors and nurses, he’s making extraordinary progress. He just moved into a new home, and he and his wife just had a baby girl.

    Stories like these give us reason to start the new year with confidence. 2014 was the fastest year for job growth since the 1990s. Unemployment fell faster than any year since 1984. Our combat mission in Afghanistan has come to a responsible end, and more of our heroes are coming home. America’s resurgence is real.

    Our job now is to make sure that every American feels that they’re a part of our country’s comeback. That’s what I’ll focus on in my State of the Union – how to build on our momentum, with rising wages, growing incomes, and a stronger middle class. And I’ll call on this new Congress to join me in putting aside the political games and finding areas where we agree so we can deliver for the American people.

    The last six years have demanded resilience and sacrifice from all of us. All of us have a right to be proud of the progress America has made. And I hope you’ll tune in on Tuesday to hear about the steps we can take to build on this progress, and to seize this moment together.

    Thanks everybody, and have a great weekend.

  8. January 17, 2015

    FACT SHEET: A Simpler, Fairer Tax Code That Responsibly Invests in Middle Class Families

    In the lead up to the State of the Union address, the President has put forward proposals to help strengthen the middle class and build on the progress we have made to create good jobs and grow our economy. From proposing to make community college free for every responsible student and extending sick leave to working families, to acting on his own to cut mortgage premiums by $900 for families looking to buy a home, the President has already taken steps to ensure that all Americans can share in the benefits of our economic recovery.

    Over the past six years, we’ve rescued and begun to rebuild our economy on a new foundation. Now we have to build on this progress, to raise wages and incomes, and strengthen the standing of working families in a new economy. On Tuesday, the President will lay out his vision for how to do that. A key part of that vision will include a new strategy to simplify our complex tax code, make it fairer by eliminating some of the biggest loopholes, and use the savings to responsibly pay for the investments we need to help middle class families get ahead and grow the economy.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/17/fact-sheet-simpler-fairer-tax-code-responsibly-invests-middle-class-fami

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