In the letter, Parks said, "I admired and respected him as a truly great man committed an dedicated to freedom, peace and loyalty for all oppressed humanity. He was a leader of the masses in Montgomery, Alabama and the nation." … [Read more...] about Rosa Parks’s handwritten letter about Martin Luther King Jr. goes up for sale
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As a kid in Charlotte, N.C., Curry experienced little blatant racism because of what he called “a certain benefit” that comes with being the son of one of the hometown NBA team’s key players. But his parents, Dell and Sonya, often told him stories about the prejudice they encountered growing up in pockets of rural Virginia with a strong Ku Klux Klan presence. … [Read more...] about Steph Curry and Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech writer stress message of love
DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — A Virginia theme park that is one of the state’s biggest tourist attractions and economic boosters will not open this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. … [Read more...] about Virginia’s Kings Dominion theme park won’t reopen this year
Today the public got to see its first glimpse of the completed monument to Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. The sculpture, crafted by Chinese artist Lei Yixin, was greeted warmly by tourists, according to USA Today, but it’s been dogged by controversy. The fact that both Yixin and the marble from which the artwork was carved are Chinese is one issue for critics. That Yixin has carved busts of communist leader Mao Zedong is another. “The colossal scale and Social Realist style of the proposed sculpture recalls a genre of political sculpture that has recently been pulled down in other countries,” griped the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in a 2008 statement. But the $120 million creation, fifteen years in the making, is historically significant: It’ll be dedicated by Barack Obama, the country’s first black president, on the anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. That oration was delivered from the Lincoln Memorial — … [Read more...] about What Do You Think of the New MLK Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.?
The work often built on itself. After the group started to organize the King Estates neighborhood around nuisance abatement, residents suggested revitalizing Martin Luther King Jr. Park. So the coalition held an Easter egg hunt, which evolved into Power Fest, a popular music festival. … [Read more...] about Can South Los Angeles teach America how to lead?