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Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center to become emergency shelter by the 2018 hurricane season – The Independent Florida Alligator

Gainesvilles Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center will serve as a hurricane shelter in 2018.

The shelter will be available to all Alachua County residents and will be renovated with a $200k grant from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

District 1 City Commissioner Charles Goston reached out to Alachua County and the City of Gainesville about a year ago to discuss his concerns about the hurricane shelter on the east side of Gainesville, said Chip Skinner, an assistant public information officer for Gainesville.

Residents of the east side of Gainesville have been limited in the number of shelters that are available during an emergency, Goston said.

The ease of use and location were the main concerns for finding a new hurricane shelter, Skinner said.

He said the county usually has to wait for approval from the school board to open shelters because nine out of the 11 current shelters are schools. With the center, they dont need approval.

With it not being involved with the school board, its much easier for us to open that as a shelter, Skinner said. If we need to shelter additional people, its not affecting a school, for instance.

He said Alachua County and Gainesville do not have a contractor for renovations yet because they have to do an engineering study first.

He said the engineering study will help Gainesville and Alachua County determine if the renovations theyve proposed are needed. These include window screens, hardened doorways, electrical work and minor structural improvements.

The final cost of the project will not be determined until an engineering study is complete, with work to begin shortly after, Skinner said.

He said once renovations are complete, the facility will be available for wind-related emergencies and as a post-storm shelter.

Alachua County determines when the shelters open, Skinner said. The changes will bring the building into compliance with FDEM and Federal Emergency Management Agency standards.

He said Alachua County and Gainesville do not currently have plans to open more hurricane shelters.

I am happy that my advocacy on behalf of our citizens contributed to the city receiving this state award to harden the Martin Luther King Jr. center for use in emergencies, so that citizens in District 1 will have another close-by option for a safe haven, Goston said.

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Martin Luther King Jr. play coming to Lindsey theatre – Flor-Ala (subscription)

The assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a well-known event that took place the evening of April 4, 1968.

However, most people do not know what happened the night before.

UNA Summer Theatre will present The Mountaintop, a fictional account of the night before Dr. Kings final day.

Performances will take place at the George S. Lindsey Theatre June 29, 30, and July 1 at 7:30 p.m., and July 2 at 2 p.m.

Playwright Katori Halls Olivier Award-winning drama takes place in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel and shows Dr. King and his visit by a maid after delivering his well-known Ive Been to the Mountaintop speech.

Senior Kelley Riddle, assistant director and stage manager, said she decided to work on the play after reading the script.

As soon as I read it, I was moved and really motivated to work on it because of the message it sends to the audience, Riddle said.

UNA theatre alumnus Michael David Baldwin will portray Dr. King, while sophomore Destini Croom, a current theatre student, will play the role of the young maid, Camae.

Baldwin said the play will bring up some of the controversial parts of Dr. Kings life.

A lot of people think of him as this holy figure that is unstained, and this play challenges that idea of him, Baldwin said.

Croom said she fell in love with her character after reading the script.

This is a heavy play, and she brings the funny aspect to it and the lightheartedness to it, but at the same time, she has her own backstory, Croom said.

Croom said while Camae is an entirely fictional character, she got her name from Halls mother.

Charlton James, associate professor of theatre, said he chose to direct the play because of its relation to current issues.

The real running theme in the play is that the work is not done, (and) that we have to pass on the baton to the next generation, James said. Theres a lot of work that we have to do in order to live a peaceful, happy life with each other.

Croom said she believes the issues the play relates to are not just race-related, but instead relate to everyone.

Baldwin said while some may see the play as controversial, everyone who sees it will be thinking about it after it ends.

I think no matter whether you like it or not, this is the type of play that sits with you, Baldwin said. Youre going to be thinking about it afterwards.

Croom said she believes the play can get the attention of people who are not working to solve the issues people are facing today.

I feel like a lot of people, especially nowadays, they sit around and wait (for issues to be resolved), Croom said. They speak about the issues, but they dont want to actually help with the issues. I feel like with this (play), a lot of people will probably get a wake-up call.

James said there will be a discussion after Sundays show, where attendees can ask cast and crew questions about the production.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for UNA faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Tickets are available at the Department of Entertainment Industry Office (open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.), online at https://www.una.edu/theatre/productions.htmlor at the door.

For more information, contact Wanda Dixon, events coordinator, at 256-765-4342.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING III HONORED WITH 2017 LIFETIME LEGACY AWARD – The Chicago Citizen

MARTIN LUTHER KING III HONORED WITH 2017 LIFETIME LEGACY AWARD

WASHINGTON/NNPA Newswire/The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) honored Martin Luther King, III with

the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award during the groups annual conference held on June 20-24 at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Prince Georges County, Md.

As the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta

Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his

parents legacy of nonviolent social change. In 1997, King was elected as the fourth president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) where he co-sponsored the 40th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

Following his service with SCLC, King founded Realizing

the Dream, which focused on redressing poverty by strategizing

with community organizers to ignite investment in the local

neighborhoods and foster peaceful coexistence within the U.S.

and internationally.

For decades, more than anyone else, Martin Luther King III has continued to personify and represent the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for freedom, justice and equality, said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA. King accepted the Lifetime Legacy Award on Friday evening (June 23).

On Tuesday, June 20, the NNPA kicked o the conference with the

National Black Parents Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence

featuring radio personality and community activist DJ EZ Street; Hilary Shelton, the director of the NAACPs Washington Bureau; Dr. Marietta English, the president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; and Lynn Jennings of Education Trust.

The conference also featured a panel discussion about the documentary Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten; a conversation with NNPA members who operate publications

that are more than 100 years old; and a presentation by the Nissan Foundation on 25 years of community service.

Dr. Chavis said that support of the NNPAs partners, sponsors and advertisers is critically important and appreciated. NNPA partners include: General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Reynolds America Incorporated, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The conference was sponsored by Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Comcast, AT&T, Facebook, Macys, Koch Industries, New York Life, Northrop Grumman, Coca Cola, AARP, Goldman Sacs, and Prince Georges County.

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MLK motorcade founder George Burney Sr. dies – WHAS 11.com

WHAS 6:18 PM. EDT June 28, 2017

George Burney Sr. (Photo: WHAS11)

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) A longtime voice in the Civil Rights movement passed away.

George Burney Senior founded the annual motorcade and parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. He was a fixture on WHAS11 when it came to our MLK Coverage.

In 2016, he won the MLK Freedom Award from the Mayor.

Burney actually began his career as a dancer before becoming so entrenched in the Civil Rights movement.

Burney was also the founder of the community activist group known as PRIDE, People’s Rights in Demanding Equality.

The mayor called him a trailblazer. Burney passed away after an illness, he was 89-years-old.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk David L. Nicholson released the following statement:

We are saddened to learn of the passing of George Burney, and we join the community and his many friends in mourning his death.

George was a tireless proponent for civil rights and a steadfast advocate for peace in this community for six decades. He truly lived his life based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s message of equality and peace. He loved his hometown of Louisville, especially the children of this community, and leaves behind a lasting legacy for all of us to follow. He will be greatly missed.”

Mayor Fischers statement:

George was a trailblazer, first on the stage and TV screen as a dancer, and then on the streets, as a tireless advocate for civil rights. Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Georges fight for civil and human rights extended far beyond his hometown, into places like Seattle, Vancouver and Alaska. George was a man of great optimism and energy who willingly shared his time and his talents long past the age when others might have moved off stage. I was blessed to have known him as a friend and mentor. I grieve with his wife, Barbara, even as I celebrate a life so well lived.

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NNPA Honors Martin Luther King III with Lifetime Legacy Award – Black Press USA

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor)

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) honored Martin Luther King III with the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award, as the group wrapped up its annual summer conference, at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Maryland.

King, the oldest son of the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., said that the tribute tops all others hes received, because the Black Press has meant a lot to his family, especially his father, as he fought for freedom, justice and equality.

The NNPA is one of the most impactful institutions our community has and every week the newspapers of the Black Press reach at least 22 million people in our communities, said King. And every week the Black Press tackles issues that we deal with, that we cannot find in the mainstream newspapers.

King continued: The Black Press provides the information thats needed for African-Americans and if not for the Black Press, I would say that, during the Civil Rights era, my father would not have been successful. The African-American [journalists] had their ears to the ground to what was important in our community.

King, who attended the awards ceremony with family members, graduated from his fathers alma mater, Morehouse College, with a degree in political science. While at Morehouse, King was selected by former President Jimmy Carter to serve in the United States delegation to the Republic of Congo for participation in their centennial celebration ceremonies.

Like his father, King participated in many protests for civil rights and one of the more notable acts of civil disobedience came in 1985 when he was arrested at the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C. protesting against Apartheid and for the release of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.

This is a special time, King said, as he spoke to NNPA members, friends and industry leaders in attendance at the award ceremony.

Showing a lighter side, King quipped, I like the word legacy, but it means youre getting older.

King also talked about the impact of social media and how it can be difficult to understand the shorthand that some young people use to communicate via text and social platforms like Twitter.

I have to ask the kids to tell me what these things mean, because I dont do Twitter or Facebook, he said.

Striking a more serious tone, King, the former president of the legendary Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said that the Black community must do better.

King continued: We have to educate our community. We, as a community, have the ability to do much more.

In an effort to help African-Americans realize and capitalize on the vast spending power in the community, King founded Realizing the Dream, a foundation that is focused on helping community-based organizers to ignite investment in local neighborhoods and to foster peaceful coexistence within America and abroad.

If we decide to divest, or even talk about [boycotting] some of the companies where we are spending billions of our dollarswe wont see insensitivity, King said.

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, said that the organization was especially proud and delighted to present the prestigious award to King.

For decades, more than anyone else, Martin Luther King III has continued to personify and represent the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for freedom, justice and equality, Chavis said. He has carried on his fathers legacy quite honorably, quite admirable, and quite successfully.

In 2008, as former president and CEO of the King Center, King spoke on behalf of then-Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, where he highlighted the need for improved health care, quality education, housing, technology and equal justice.

King also served on the Board of Directors for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and co-founded Bounce TV, the first independently-owned, digital multicast network featuring around-the-clock programming geared towards African-Americans.

I remember going to my mothers alma matter in Ohio and seeing the statue of Horace Mann which was inscribed with the words be ashamed to die until you have won some kind of victory for humanity, King said.

As a child, those are words that are very powerful. As an adult, I say we can win victory at schools, we can win victory in our places of worship, we can win victory in our cities, our counties, our states, our country and some may win in our world.

King continued: I say, be ashamed to die until you have done something to make your community better.

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Martin Luther King Jr. – Biography – Nobel Prize

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family’s long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family.

In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. The boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals. During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank.

In 1957 he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. The ideals for this organization he took from Christianity; its operational techniques from Gandhi. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action; and meanwhile he wrote five books as well as numerous articles. In these years, he led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience. and inspiring his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, a manifesto of the Negro revolution; he planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters; he directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, “l Have a Dream”, he conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated.

Selected Bibliography

Adams, Russell, Great Negroes Past and Present, pp. 106-107. Chicago, Afro-Am Publishing Co., 1963.

Bennett, Lerone, Jr., What Manner of Man: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Chicago, Johnson, 1964.

I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King in Text and Pictures. New York, Time Life Books, 1968.

King, Martin Luther, Jr., The Measure of a Man. Philadelphia. The Christian Education Press, 1959. Two devotional addresses.

King, Martin Luther, Jr., Strength to Love. New York, Harper & Row, 1963. Sixteen sermons and one essay entitled “Pilgrimage to Nonviolence.”

King, Martin Luther, Jr., Stride toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York, Harper, 1958.

King, Martin Luther, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience. New York, Harper & Row, 1968.

King, Martin Luther, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? New York, Harper & Row, 1967.

King, Martin Luther, Jr., Why We Can’t Wait. New York, Harper & Row, 1963.

“Man of the Year”, Time, 83 (January 3, 1964) 13-16; 25-27.

“Martin Luther King, Jr.”, in Current Biography Yearbook 1965, ed. by Charles Moritz, pp. 220-223. New York, H.W. Wilson.

Reddick, Lawrence D., Crusader without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York, Harper, 1959.

From Nobel Lectures, Peace 1951-1970, Editor Frederick W. Haberman, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1972

This autobiography/biography was written at the time of the award and first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above.

* Note from Nobelprize.org: This biography uses the word “Negro”. Even though this word today is considered inappropriate, the biography is published in its original version in view of keeping it as a historical document.

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Columbia man convicted of dealing drugs in and near Martin Luther King Park, could get life in prison – The State


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A 35-year-old Columbia man, arrested after a two-year investigation into drug dealing and illegal guns in South Columbia's Martin Luther King Park and Greene Street areas, was convicted Thursday on 11 federal drug and weapons charges. Emanuel …

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Sculpture honoring MLK and Father Hesburgh is unveiled in … – South Bend Tribune

Video: WATCH: Scenes from unveiling of MLK-Hesburgh sculpture in South Bend

It’s also a sign of work yet to be done, he said. “The truth is the struggle for equality and justice in our country, in our time, has not stopped. We’re all part of a bigger tapestry,” Buttigieg said.

The wrappings around the artwork were removed by a group of local children, and the sculpture was greeted by applause.

The artwork is by Granger-based artist Tuck Langland, a retired Indiana University South Bend fine arts professor.

It depictsHesburgh and King joining hands, just as they did at a civil rights rally in Chicago on June 21, 1964. The sculpture is based on a famous photo captured of a scene at that rally.

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, recalled Hesburgh describing attending that rally in Chicago. King was considered a controversial figure in 1964, and many community leaders including Chicago’s mayor and the city’s Catholic archbishop declined invitations to join him at the rally, Jenkins said.

Someone from King’s staff called Hesburgh on that Sunday morning and asked him to participate. Hesburgh’s response was: “What time do you need me?”, Jenkins said. The priest got in his car, drove to Chicago and joined hands with King and others at the Soldier Field gathering to sing “We Shall Overcome.” An unknown photographer snapped the picture.

Children surround the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Children help unveil a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Rose Meissner, Rev. John l. Lenkins and Virginia Calvin, hold hands in prayer during the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Dr. Virginia Calvin, from the African American Community fund makes remarks during the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Gladys Muhammad hugs Rev. John l. Jenkins prior to the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

A banner depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 flies near Leighton Plaza where a statue was unveiled, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Sculptor Tuck Langland speaks during the unveiling of his new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

A new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 stands at Leighton Plaza, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Troy Patterson Thomas recites Martin Luther King’s; “I have a dream,” speech during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Univeristy of Notre Dame President Rev. John l. Jenkins speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg hugs former U.S. Ambassador to India Tim Roemer during the unveiling of new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Children surround the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Children help unveil a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Rose Meissner, Rev. John l. Lenkins and Virginia Calvin, hold hands in prayer during the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Dr. Virginia Calvin, from the African American Community fund makes remarks during the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Gladys Muhammad hugs Rev. John l. Jenkins prior to the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

A banner depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 flies near Leighton Plaza where a statue was unveiled, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Sculptor Tuck Langland speaks during the unveiling of his new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

A new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 stands at Leighton Plaza, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Troy Patterson Thomas recites Martin Luther King’s; “I have a dream,” speech during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Univeristy of Notre Dame President Rev. John l. Jenkins speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg hugs former U.S. Ambassador to India Tim Roemer during the unveiling of new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

President Barack Obama was the 2009 commencement speaker at Notre Dame. Jenkins recalled witnessing Hesburgh meet Obama that weekend, and also presenting him with an autographed copy of that famous photo.

With local children surrounding him, Troy Patterson Thomas, of Gary, Ind., gave a stirring recitation of King’s famous 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Tim Roemer, a former congressman for this district and former ambassador to India, announced a memorial fountain honoring his late father, James Roemer, will be placed near the sculpture. The elder Roemer, who died in 2013, was a lifelong local resident who served as dean of students and later director of community relations at Notre Dame.

Miracle Miller, 12, of South Bend, was excited to attend the ceremony and see the artwork unveiled. “I’ve learned about how we can bring more people together,” she said.

Rozell Newbill of South Bend attended the ceremony with his four sons. A Catholic, Newbill recalled how he knew Hesburgh and got advice from him. “The Holy Spirit brought us together,” he said.

“This is a great honor to see two great men (depicted) in South Bend,” said Deborah Mobley of South Bend.

The sculpture, slightly larger than life size, was funded by private donations.

At the end, the crowd joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.”

The artwork is designed to encourage people to stop and join hands with the figures. People in the crowd immediately did so, snapping photos of themselves standing hand in hand with the legendary civil rights leaders.

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At Issue: Should legislator be compelled to be part of MLK statue? – Atlanta Journal Constitution

A member of the State Legislature wants no part of bringing a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. to capitol grounds. State Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) doesnt want his name included on a plaque that will accompany a statue of King that will soon be unveiled at the state capitol.

I want everybody name who was associated with the statue on the statue. In the spirit of Dr. King we want it, said SCLC President and CEO Charles Steele. If he believes, to any degree, in the upward mobility of what he is supposed to represent, he would want his name on there. But if you dont believe in freedom and justice, we dont want you.

On the opposite side is a member of organization charged with keeping the memory of the Confederacy alive.

Grady Vickery, a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans in Dawsonville said he does not personally know Benton, but says Benton has every right to remove his name from a statue honoring King. Vickery also supports statements Benton has made that the Civil War was not started over slavery.

What should be done? Does it matter if Bentons name is left off the plaque? Or is that a misrepresentation of history? Since he was against the statue in the first place, is it O.K. for him to abstain from participation? Or must he be a part of the project so that it reflects his constituents?

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AT ISSUE: SHOULD REED HAVE REVERSED DECISION ON RAINBOW SIDEWALKS?

Reversing a decision of October 2015, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed now supports painting a permanent rainbow crosswalk at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in Midtown as a symbol of unity with the LGBTQ community.

Heres what readers had to say about it:

Frankly, Im getting tired of having to show special favoritism to specific groups who think their cause is the most important focus a community should have. Political pandering is all that this is. Sad this group seems to get more press time than remembering those who died protecting this country and their constitutional right to be different. But they spit on everyone else who wont agree with their point of view. D. Stephan

As far as the rainbow crosswalk is concerned, what does God say about it? I think you will find it in Leviticus 18:22. Look it up and see what he says. Charlotte and Thomas Brayton

Rainbow-hued crosswalks dont bother me. I see them as persistent cries for recognition of a deviant lifestyle (but) Im concerned that our children might see these signs of rebellion as another way to resist parental guidance. Its hard enough for parents to raise children without having to explain why a self-marginalized groups behavior is considered normal by the media and public officials. Jack Franklin

This is very distracting; I almost ran into the car in front of me looking at it. The car behind me did the same. Let the LGBQT community paint something that will not cause accidents. Jack Malott

(They) didnt think about that, but if ISIS or the Boy Scouts wanted to designate some public space as their own, the mayor would have to consider it. Daisy Cook

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Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center to become emergency shelter by the 2018 hurricane season – The Independent Florida Alligator

Gainesvilles Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center will serve as a hurricane shelter in 2018. The shelter will be available to all Alachua County residents and will be renovated with a $200k grant from the Florida Division of Emergency Management. District 1 City Commissioner Charles Goston reached out to Alachua County and the City of Gainesville about a year ago to discuss his concerns about the hurricane shelter on the east side of Gainesville, said Chip Skinner, an assistant public information officer for Gainesville. Residents of the east side of Gainesville have been limited in the number of shelters that are available during an emergency, Goston said. The ease of use and location were the main concerns for finding a new hurricane shelter, Skinner said. He said the county usually has to wait for approval from the school board to open shelters because nine out of the 11 current shelters are schools. With the center, they dont need approval. With it not being involved with the school board, its much easier for us to open that as a shelter, Skinner said. If we need to shelter additional people, its not affecting a school, for instance. He said Alachua County and Gainesville do not have a contractor for renovations yet because they have to do an engineering study first. He said the engineering study will help Gainesville and Alachua County determine if the renovations theyve proposed are needed. These include window screens, hardened doorways, electrical work and minor structural improvements. The final cost of the project will not be determined until an engineering study is complete, with work to begin shortly after, Skinner said. He said once renovations are complete, the facility will be available for wind-related emergencies and as a post-storm shelter. Alachua County determines when the shelters open, Skinner said. The changes will bring the building into compliance with FDEM and Federal Emergency Management Agency standards. He said Alachua County and Gainesville do not currently have plans to open more hurricane shelters. I am happy that my advocacy on behalf of our citizens contributed to the city receiving this state award to harden the Martin Luther King Jr. center for use in emergencies, so that citizens in District 1 will have another close-by option for a safe haven, Goston said.

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Martin Luther King Jr. play coming to Lindsey theatre – Flor-Ala (subscription)

The assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a well-known event that took place the evening of April 4, 1968. However, most people do not know what happened the night before. UNA Summer Theatre will present The Mountaintop, a fictional account of the night before Dr. Kings final day. Performances will take place at the George S. Lindsey Theatre June 29, 30, and July 1 at 7:30 p.m., and July 2 at 2 p.m. Playwright Katori Halls Olivier Award-winning drama takes place in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel and shows Dr. King and his visit by a maid after delivering his well-known Ive Been to the Mountaintop speech. Senior Kelley Riddle, assistant director and stage manager, said she decided to work on the play after reading the script. As soon as I read it, I was moved and really motivated to work on it because of the message it sends to the audience, Riddle said. UNA theatre alumnus Michael David Baldwin will portray Dr. King, while sophomore Destini Croom, a current theatre student, will play the role of the young maid, Camae. Baldwin said the play will bring up some of the controversial parts of Dr. Kings life. A lot of people think of him as this holy figure that is unstained, and this play challenges that idea of him, Baldwin said. Croom said she fell in love with her character after reading the script. This is a heavy play, and she brings the funny aspect to it and the lightheartedness to it, but at the same time, she has her own backstory, Croom said. Croom said while Camae is an entirely fictional character, she got her name from Halls mother. Charlton James, associate professor of theatre, said he chose to direct the play because of its relation to current issues. The real running theme in the play is that the work is not done, (and) that we have to pass on the baton to the next generation, James said. Theres a lot of work that we have to do in order to live a peaceful, happy life with each other. Croom said she believes the issues the play relates to are not just race-related, but instead relate to everyone. Baldwin said while some may see the play as controversial, everyone who sees it will be thinking about it after it ends. I think no matter whether you like it or not, this is the type of play that sits with you, Baldwin said. Youre going to be thinking about it afterwards. Croom said she believes the play can get the attention of people who are not working to solve the issues people are facing today. I feel like a lot of people, especially nowadays, they sit around and wait (for issues to be resolved), Croom said. They speak about the issues, but they dont want to actually help with the issues. I feel like with this (play), a lot of people will probably get a wake-up call. James said there will be a discussion after Sundays show, where attendees can ask cast and crew questions about the production. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for UNA faculty, staff, students and alumni. Tickets are available at the Department of Entertainment Industry Office (open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.), online at https://www.una.edu/theatre/productions.htmlor at the door. For more information, contact Wanda Dixon, events coordinator, at 256-765-4342.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING III HONORED WITH 2017 LIFETIME LEGACY AWARD – The Chicago Citizen

MARTIN LUTHER KING III HONORED WITH 2017 LIFETIME LEGACY AWARD WASHINGTON/NNPA Newswire/The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) honored Martin Luther King, III with the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award during the groups annual conference held on June 20-24 at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Prince Georges County, Md. As the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his parents legacy of nonviolent social change. In 1997, King was elected as the fourth president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) where he co-sponsored the 40th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Following his service with SCLC, King founded Realizing the Dream, which focused on redressing poverty by strategizing with community organizers to ignite investment in the local neighborhoods and foster peaceful coexistence within the U.S. and internationally. For decades, more than anyone else, Martin Luther King III has continued to personify and represent the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for freedom, justice and equality, said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA. King accepted the Lifetime Legacy Award on Friday evening (June 23). On Tuesday, June 20, the NNPA kicked o the conference with the National Black Parents Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence featuring radio personality and community activist DJ EZ Street; Hilary Shelton, the director of the NAACPs Washington Bureau; Dr. Marietta English, the president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; and Lynn Jennings of Education Trust. The conference also featured a panel discussion about the documentary Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten; a conversation with NNPA members who operate publications that are more than 100 years old; and a presentation by the Nissan Foundation on 25 years of community service. Dr. Chavis said that support of the NNPAs partners, sponsors and advertisers is critically important and appreciated. NNPA partners include: General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Reynolds America Incorporated, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The conference was sponsored by Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Comcast, AT&T, Facebook, Macys, Koch Industries, New York Life, Northrop Grumman, Coca Cola, AARP, Goldman Sacs, and Prince Georges County.

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MLK motorcade founder George Burney Sr. dies – WHAS 11.com

WHAS 6:18 PM. EDT June 28, 2017 George Burney Sr. (Photo: WHAS11) LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) A longtime voice in the Civil Rights movement passed away. George Burney Senior founded the annual motorcade and parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. He was a fixture on WHAS11 when it came to our MLK Coverage. In 2016, he won the MLK Freedom Award from the Mayor. Burney actually began his career as a dancer before becoming so entrenched in the Civil Rights movement. Burney was also the founder of the community activist group known as PRIDE, People’s Rights in Demanding Equality. The mayor called him a trailblazer. Burney passed away after an illness, he was 89-years-old. Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk David L. Nicholson released the following statement: We are saddened to learn of the passing of George Burney, and we join the community and his many friends in mourning his death. George was a tireless proponent for civil rights and a steadfast advocate for peace in this community for six decades. He truly lived his life based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s message of equality and peace. He loved his hometown of Louisville, especially the children of this community, and leaves behind a lasting legacy for all of us to follow. He will be greatly missed.” Mayor Fischers statement: George was a trailblazer, first on the stage and TV screen as a dancer, and then on the streets, as a tireless advocate for civil rights. Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Georges fight for civil and human rights extended far beyond his hometown, into places like Seattle, Vancouver and Alaska. George was a man of great optimism and energy who willingly shared his time and his talents long past the age when others might have moved off stage. I was blessed to have known him as a friend and mentor. I grieve with his wife, Barbara, even as I celebrate a life so well lived. 2017 WHAS-TV

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NNPA Honors Martin Luther King III with Lifetime Legacy Award – Black Press USA

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) honored Martin Luther King III with the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award, as the group wrapped up its annual summer conference, at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Maryland. King, the oldest son of the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., said that the tribute tops all others hes received, because the Black Press has meant a lot to his family, especially his father, as he fought for freedom, justice and equality. The NNPA is one of the most impactful institutions our community has and every week the newspapers of the Black Press reach at least 22 million people in our communities, said King. And every week the Black Press tackles issues that we deal with, that we cannot find in the mainstream newspapers. King continued: The Black Press provides the information thats needed for African-Americans and if not for the Black Press, I would say that, during the Civil Rights era, my father would not have been successful. The African-American [journalists] had their ears to the ground to what was important in our community. King, who attended the awards ceremony with family members, graduated from his fathers alma mater, Morehouse College, with a degree in political science. While at Morehouse, King was selected by former President Jimmy Carter to serve in the United States delegation to the Republic of Congo for participation in their centennial celebration ceremonies. Like his father, King participated in many protests for civil rights and one of the more notable acts of civil disobedience came in 1985 when he was arrested at the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C. protesting against Apartheid and for the release of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. This is a special time, King said, as he spoke to NNPA members, friends and industry leaders in attendance at the award ceremony. Showing a lighter side, King quipped, I like the word legacy, but it means youre getting older. King also talked about the impact of social media and how it can be difficult to understand the shorthand that some young people use to communicate via text and social platforms like Twitter. I have to ask the kids to tell me what these things mean, because I dont do Twitter or Facebook, he said. Striking a more serious tone, King, the former president of the legendary Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said that the Black community must do better. King continued: We have to educate our community. We, as a community, have the ability to do much more. In an effort to help African-Americans realize and capitalize on the vast spending power in the community, King founded Realizing the Dream, a foundation that is focused on helping community-based organizers to ignite investment in local neighborhoods and to foster peaceful coexistence within America and abroad. If we decide to divest, or even talk about [boycotting] some of the companies where we are spending billions of our dollarswe wont see insensitivity, King said. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, said that the organization was especially proud and delighted to present the prestigious award to King. For decades, more than anyone else, Martin Luther King III has continued to personify and represent the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for freedom, justice and equality, Chavis said. He has carried on his fathers legacy quite honorably, quite admirable, and quite successfully. In 2008, as former president and CEO of the King Center, King spoke on behalf of then-Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, where he highlighted the need for improved health care, quality education, housing, technology and equal justice. King also served on the Board of Directors for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and co-founded Bounce TV, the first independently-owned, digital multicast network featuring around-the-clock programming geared towards African-Americans. I remember going to my mothers alma matter in Ohio and seeing the statue of Horace Mann which was inscribed with the words be ashamed to die until you have won some kind of victory for humanity, King said. As a child, those are words that are very powerful. As an adult, I say we can win victory at schools, we can win victory in our places of worship, we can win victory in our cities, our counties, our states, our country and some may win in our world. King continued: I say, be ashamed to die until you have done something to make your community better.

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Martin Luther King Jr. – Biography – Nobel Prize

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family’s long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family. In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. The boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals. During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank. In 1957 he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. The ideals for this organization he took from Christianity; its operational techniques from Gandhi. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action; and meanwhile he wrote five books as well as numerous articles. In these years, he led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience. and inspiring his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, a manifesto of the Negro revolution; he planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters; he directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, “l Have a Dream”, he conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure. At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated. Selected Bibliography Adams, Russell, Great Negroes Past and Present, pp. 106-107. Chicago, Afro-Am Publishing Co., 1963. Bennett, Lerone, Jr., What Manner of Man: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Chicago, Johnson, 1964. I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King in Text and Pictures. New York, Time Life Books, 1968. King, Martin Luther, Jr., The Measure of a Man. Philadelphia. The Christian Education Press, 1959. Two devotional addresses. King, Martin Luther, Jr., Strength to Love. New York, Harper & Row, 1963. Sixteen sermons and one essay entitled “Pilgrimage to Nonviolence.” King, Martin Luther, Jr., Stride toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York, Harper, 1958. King, Martin Luther, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience. New York, Harper & Row, 1968. King, Martin Luther, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? New York, Harper & Row, 1967. King, Martin Luther, Jr., Why We Can’t Wait. New York, Harper & Row, 1963. “Man of the Year”, Time, 83 (January 3, 1964) 13-16; 25-27. “Martin Luther King, Jr.”, in Current Biography Yearbook 1965, ed. by Charles Moritz, pp. 220-223. New York, H.W. Wilson. Reddick, Lawrence D., Crusader without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York, Harper, 1959. From Nobel Lectures, Peace 1951-1970, Editor Frederick W. Haberman, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1972 This autobiography/biography was written at the time of the award and first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above. * Note from Nobelprize.org: This biography uses the word “Negro”. Even though this word today is considered inappropriate, the biography is published in its original version in view of keeping it as a historical document. To cite this page MLA style: “Martin Luther King Jr. – Biography”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 25 Jun 2017.

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Columbia man convicted of dealing drugs in and near Martin Luther King Park, could get life in prison – The State

The State Columbia man convicted of dealing drugs in and near Martin Luther King Park, could get life in prison The State A 35-year-old Columbia man, arrested after a two-year investigation into drug dealing and illegal guns in South Columbia's Martin Luther King Park and Greene Street areas, was convicted Thursday on 11 federal drug and weapons charges. Emanuel …

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Sculpture honoring MLK and Father Hesburgh is unveiled in … – South Bend Tribune

Video: WATCH: Scenes from unveiling of MLK-Hesburgh sculpture in South Bend It’s also a sign of work yet to be done, he said. “The truth is the struggle for equality and justice in our country, in our time, has not stopped. We’re all part of a bigger tapestry,” Buttigieg said. The wrappings around the artwork were removed by a group of local children, and the sculpture was greeted by applause. The artwork is by Granger-based artist Tuck Langland, a retired Indiana University South Bend fine arts professor. It depictsHesburgh and King joining hands, just as they did at a civil rights rally in Chicago on June 21, 1964. The sculpture is based on a famous photo captured of a scene at that rally. The Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, recalled Hesburgh describing attending that rally in Chicago. King was considered a controversial figure in 1964, and many community leaders including Chicago’s mayor and the city’s Catholic archbishop declined invitations to join him at the rally, Jenkins said. Someone from King’s staff called Hesburgh on that Sunday morning and asked him to participate. Hesburgh’s response was: “What time do you need me?”, Jenkins said. The priest got in his car, drove to Chicago and joined hands with King and others at the Soldier Field gathering to sing “We Shall Overcome.” An unknown photographer snapped the picture. Children surround the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Children help unveil a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Rose Meissner, Rev. John l. Lenkins and Virginia Calvin, hold hands in prayer during the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Dr. Virginia Calvin, from the African American Community fund makes remarks during the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Gladys Muhammad hugs Rev. John l. Jenkins prior to the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ A banner depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 flies near Leighton Plaza where a statue was unveiled, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Sculptor Tuck Langland speaks during the unveiling of his new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ A new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 stands at Leighton Plaza, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Troy Patterson Thomas recites Martin Luther King’s; “I have a dream,” speech during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Univeristy of Notre Dame President Rev. John l. Jenkins speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg hugs former U.S. Ambassador to India Tim Roemer during the unveiling of new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Children surround the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Children help unveil a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Rose Meissner, Rev. John l. Lenkins and Virginia Calvin, hold hands in prayer during the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Dr. Virginia Calvin, from the African American Community fund makes remarks during the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Gladys Muhammad hugs Rev. John l. Jenkins prior to the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ A banner depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 flies near Leighton Plaza where a statue was unveiled, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Sculptor Tuck Langland speaks during the unveiling of his new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ A new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 stands at Leighton Plaza, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Troy Patterson Thomas recites Martin Luther King’s; “I have a dream,” speech during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Univeristy of Notre Dame President Rev. John l. Jenkins speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg hugs former U.S. Ambassador to India Tim Roemer during the unveiling of new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ President Barack Obama was the 2009 commencement speaker at Notre Dame. Jenkins recalled witnessing Hesburgh meet Obama that weekend, and also presenting him with an autographed copy of that famous photo. With local children surrounding him, Troy Patterson Thomas, of Gary, Ind., gave a stirring recitation of King’s famous 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech.” Tim Roemer, a former congressman for this district and former ambassador to India, announced a memorial fountain honoring his late father, James Roemer, will be placed near the sculpture. The elder Roemer, who died in 2013, was a lifelong local resident who served as dean of students and later director of community relations at Notre Dame. Miracle Miller, 12, of South Bend, was excited to attend the ceremony and see the artwork unveiled. “I’ve learned about how we can bring more people together,” she said. Rozell Newbill of South Bend attended the ceremony with his four sons. A Catholic, Newbill recalled how he knew Hesburgh and got advice from him. “The Holy Spirit brought us together,” he said. “This is a great honor to see two great men (depicted) in South Bend,” said Deborah Mobley of South Bend. The sculpture, slightly larger than life size, was funded by private donations. At the end, the crowd joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.” The artwork is designed to encourage people to stop and join hands with the figures. People in the crowd immediately did so, snapping photos of themselves standing hand in hand with the legendary civil rights leaders.

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At Issue: Should legislator be compelled to be part of MLK statue? – Atlanta Journal Constitution

A member of the State Legislature wants no part of bringing a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. to capitol grounds. State Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) doesnt want his name included on a plaque that will accompany a statue of King that will soon be unveiled at the state capitol. I want everybody name who was associated with the statue on the statue. In the spirit of Dr. King we want it, said SCLC President and CEO Charles Steele. If he believes, to any degree, in the upward mobility of what he is supposed to represent, he would want his name on there. But if you dont believe in freedom and justice, we dont want you. On the opposite side is a member of organization charged with keeping the memory of the Confederacy alive. Grady Vickery, a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans in Dawsonville said he does not personally know Benton, but says Benton has every right to remove his name from a statue honoring King. Vickery also supports statements Benton has made that the Civil War was not started over slavery. What should be done? Does it matter if Bentons name is left off the plaque? Or is that a misrepresentation of history? Since he was against the statue in the first place, is it O.K. for him to abstain from participation? Or must he be a part of the project so that it reflects his constituents? Send your comments to communitynews@ajc.com. Responses may be edited for length and/or clarity. They also may appear in print and/or online. AT ISSUE: SHOULD REED HAVE REVERSED DECISION ON RAINBOW SIDEWALKS? Reversing a decision of October 2015, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed now supports painting a permanent rainbow crosswalk at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in Midtown as a symbol of unity with the LGBTQ community. Heres what readers had to say about it: Frankly, Im getting tired of having to show special favoritism to specific groups who think their cause is the most important focus a community should have. Political pandering is all that this is. Sad this group seems to get more press time than remembering those who died protecting this country and their constitutional right to be different. But they spit on everyone else who wont agree with their point of view. D. Stephan As far as the rainbow crosswalk is concerned, what does God say about it? I think you will find it in Leviticus 18:22. Look it up and see what he says. Charlotte and Thomas Brayton Rainbow-hued crosswalks dont bother me. I see them as persistent cries for recognition of a deviant lifestyle (but) Im concerned that our children might see these signs of rebellion as another way to resist parental guidance. Its hard enough for parents to raise children without having to explain why a self-marginalized groups behavior is considered normal by the media and public officials. Jack Franklin This is very distracting; I almost ran into the car in front of me looking at it. The car behind me did the same. Let the LGBQT community paint something that will not cause accidents. Jack Malott (They) didnt think about that, but if ISIS or the Boy Scouts wanted to designate some public space as their own, the mayor would have to consider it. Daisy Cook David Ibata for the AJC

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