The Martin Luther King Day holiday was celebrated last week on Monday, January 15, 2018. This blog has been posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The life, teachings, works, and philosophies of the Rev. Dr. King should be present every day.
MLK resources are not in short supply. The King Center in Atlanta, GA offers a thorough website providing links it archived documents, a lengthy bibliography, and a “glossary of nonviolence”.
The Noble Prize website, which provides a page for every recipient, includes an illuminating entry regarding Dr. King’s 1964 Peace Prize. Audio and transcript of his Noble Lecture are featured, in which he states “[Violence] is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.” Video of his acceptance speech is also available.
Stanford University houses The Martin Luther King, Jr Research and Education Institute. Like the King Center, the Institute makes available on its website a searchable archive of King documents, resources, and bibliographies. It also includes resources regarding their Liberation Curriculum, which includes lesson plans and classroom resources.
It should not go unmentioned that Texas State University Libraries also offers resources on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Come in and Find Out More.
Every new year calls on the review of the past – what has come before. Progressing into the year 2018 provides a unique opportunity to focus on the events of 1918, 1818, and 1718. What has the 18th year of the previous three centuries brought us? What might 2018 have in store?
New Orleans and San Antonio would be established in early May of 1718; New Orleans by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville of the French Mississippi Company and San Antonio by Fray Antonio de Olivares of the Mission San Antonio de Valero.
Only a few months later, in July, the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn would die.
The influential minds of Frederick Douglass and Karl Marx would come into the world while Paul Revere and Abigail Adams would pass onto the next.
In New York City, Brooks Brothers would open for the first time. And in London Frankenstein would be published.
In South America, Chile would declare its independence from Spain.
The last Carolina Parakeet, a colorful parrot indigenous to the southern Appalachian region would die at the Cincinnati Zoo in February. The following July, the Romanov family would be executed in another violent moment of the Russian Revolution.
In Mvezo, South Africa, Nelson Mandela would be born
.And in the United States, while Congress was establishing time zones and daylight savings time, Billy Graham and Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, would be born.