No Vacation for MLK Day

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

A rainbow of dreams brightened the hallway at Stockbridge Middle School on Monday. Kids posted colorful pieces of paper containing their hopes and dreams for world peace on the arched, rainbow poster in the school's hallway, in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Students at the school started their day listening to Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech broadcast over their closed circuit television system, and administrators say the MLK activities will continue throughout the week.

Despite the celebrations, some parents and workers wondered why school was in session when several other local public schools and state offices remained closed to honor the day.

Stockbridge administrators said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an educator, and by keeping the school open on the holiday, administrators said kids were able to appreciate and better understand how to respect and tolerate each other.

The rest of the week is filled with peace related activities - including a school dance and a "good deeds" day when students will make Valentines for war veterans.

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Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life

  • Michael King, later known as Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929.

  • September 20, 1944, King began his freshman year at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

  • August 6, 1946, the Atlanta Constitution published King's letter to the editor stating that black people "are entitled to the basic rights and opportunities of American citizens."

  • In January and February of 1947 King's article, "The Purpose of Education" was published in the Morehouse student paper, the Maroon Tiger.

  • 1948 was a busy year for Martin Luther King, Jr. In February he was ordained and appointed as the assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

  • In June of 1948, King received his B.A. in Sociology from Morehouse College.

  • In September that same year he began his studies at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Penn.

  • May 1951, King graduated from Crozer with a Bachelor of Divinity degree, and delivered the Valedictory Address at commencement.

  • In September of 1951, he began his graduate studies in systematic theology at Boston University.

  • On June 18, 1953, Martin Luther King, Jr. married Coretta Scott near Marion, Ala.

  • February 28, 1954, King delivers the sermon, "Rediscovering Lost Values" at the Second Baptist Church in Detroit.

  • On September 1, 1954, King begins his pastorate at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.

  • June 5, 1955 Martin Luther King earns his PhD. in Systematic Theology from Boston University.

  • On December 5, 1955 King becomes the president of MIA, the Montgomery Improvement Association.

  • In February of 1957, Martin Luther King, Jr. appeared on the cover of Time magazine, as Time’s Man of the Year.

  • During the spring of 1963, King and his staff guided mass demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, where local white police officials were known from their anti-black attitudes.

  • Subsequent mass demonstrations in many communities culminated in a march on August 28, 1963, that attracted more than 250,000 protesters to Washington, D. C. Addressing the marchers from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" oration.

  • In December of 1964, King was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while seeking to assist a garbage workers' strike in Memphis.

  • He died revered by many for his martyrdom on behalf of non-violence, and condemned by others for his militancy and insurgent views.

Source: http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/ (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University)


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