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Two injured in crash on MLK Jr. Blvd., south of Jolly Rd. – Lansing State Journal

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LANSING – A section of South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is closed while police investigate a crash that sent two people to the hospital.

The crash involving asedan and a full-size pickup truckhappened about 5:25 p.m. on MLK, near Ferley Street.

The northboundand southbound lanes of MLK areclosed between Jolly Road and Northrup Street.

One man was taken to a local hospital in good condition, Lansing police Sgt. Jason Spoelma said. Another man also was hospitalized, but his condition was unknown,he said.

Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage, indicating they collided head-on.

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The road could be closed for some time while an accident reconstruction team completes its work, police said.

Contact Ken Palmer at (517) 377-1032 or kpalmer@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @KBPalm_lsj.

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East Valley group struggles to raise funds to honor MLK – AZCentral.com

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John Goodie leads children and adults on the unity walk during the “Light Up The Night” event sponsored by the Mesa MLK event organizers in Mesa, Ariz. on June 17, 2017.(Photo: Patrick Breen)

Dozens of people gathered in downtown Mesa Saturday for a unity walk celebrating love and commemorating the end of slavery.

The event was put on by the East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, which led the walkers around streets near the Mesa Convention Center while singing patriotic songs such as “God Bless America” and civil rights anthems like “We Shall Overcome.”

While the walk was joyful, it also had a more somber goal. The group is struggling to raise enough funds to put on the annualDr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade and associated events and said without donations, it will be cancelled.

Denise TrimbleSmith speaks during the “Light Up The Night” event sponsored by the Mesa MLK event organizers in Mesa, Ariz. on June 17, 2017.(Photo: Patrick Breen)

Committee Vice President Denise TrimbleSmith said many deep-pocketed donors have lessened their donations or have stopped financially supporting the committee altogether, putting January’s parade in “serious jeopardy.”

She said the march is especially important this year given the nation’s current political and social climate.

“We have some racial injustices that continue to happen and we’ve gotten better,” TrimbleSmith said. “But the climate in America right now, it’s hard to even believe that Dr. King struggled and fought for all of us to have rights and yet we still don’t take advantage of the love that he wanted us to live.”

TrimbleSmith said Saturday’s walk was an “urgency” and fundraising effort in light of the lack of funding, encouraging those gathered at the event to remain in solidarity with one another.

“The best thing we have on this side of heaven is coming together united during that weekend,” TrimbleSmith said. “It doesn’t just start and stop with me, it starts with all of us.”

She said the cost to put on the celebrations each year is in the “multi-thousands” of dollars and that the committee has to cover costs including permits for the parade, barricades to shut down the streets, portable restrooms and street sweepers.

John Goodie is a member of the committee and said it wouldbe “an embarrassment” to not have the parade and other activities honoring Kingin 2018.

“Our nation is torn, both parties are torn,” Goodie said. “So we need to really reflect and maintain Dr. King’s dream of unity, brotherhood and love, togetherness.”

Goodie said the committee is about $8,000 short of what it needs to run the celebrations in 2018, and said he hoped Saturday’s march jumpstarts fundraising efforts.

“We’re getting an early start to let folks know, ‘hey, we’re in jeopardy and we need some help,'” he said.

Goodie spoke at the brief program before the walk started, leading the attendees in singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” before leading the walk and continued singing.

Dorothy Townsend attended the walk with her husband and granddaughter, saying she hoped to show her granddaughter an example of love and unity.

“We’ve seen a lot of stuff that exhibits disunity and people are so angry even on Facebook,” Townsend said. “The slightest comment causes people to get very abrasive, so I love the idea of us putting that aside and remembering we all have differing opinions but we can all be unified in our love for each other and our love for this city.”

Townsend said she’s noticed more disunity since the 2016 presidential election, adding that she believes there “doesn’t seem to be a lot of tolerance” on either side of the political spectrum.

“The attacks seem more severe and I don’t think we want it to fragment our community,” Townsend said. “I don’t think we want to find ourselves segregated into little populations of ethnic groups or cultures or cultural activities and definitely not on the socioeconomic scale.”

Townsend said that’s why she supports events like Saturday evening’s gathering, sayingit brings the public together.

“It seems to be a rocky time but I hope people gather together in their communities, in their churches, cultural associations and come together when they get an opportunity for an event like this and little by little I think some of the animosity could be toned down,” Townsend said.

TrimbleSmith said the committee organizes a parade, breakfast gala and festival during the weekends leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and also sponsors scholarships — all of which are in jeopardy if the committee’s funding needs aren’t met.

Buteven if there’s not an outward display of celebration like the parade or breakfast gala next year, TrimbleSmith said those who want to carry on King’s message of peace and unity can display it on a daily basis.

“I wish we could have a parade every day but the fact of the matter is we have to be the parade,” TrimbleSmith said.”The community needs to be the parade on a daily basis and then when it comes time for that January 15th weekend its just a reflection of what were doing every day.”

Those who want to donate to the effort can do so on the committee’s website, www.mesamlk.org.

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#TheRootTrip: Martin Luther King Jr. Slept Here – The Root

The A.G. Gaston Motel is an important landmark in the civil rights movement and was designated by President Barack Obama as the center of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. Located just a block away from the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site where four black girls lost their lives in 1963 when the KKK bombed their Sunday School class, the motel served as the center point for civil rights leaders. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed there, even as A.G. Gaston himself was a controversial figure.

An adherent of Booker T. Washingtons philosophy of both business and not directly confronting the white supremacist system, Gaston was a complicated figure who both thrived in business during segregation. He own numerous business properties, including an insurance company, a funeral home, a bank, and of course, the motel.

On the one hand, Gaston supported the civil rights movement behind the scenes by providing financial support to various integration movements but was widely seen as an accommodationist who discouraged student protests in lieu of negotiation with white Birmingham officials. This caused him to be labeled an Uncle Tom in some quarters because of his moderating influence when it came to the demand for first-class citizenship.

But the A.G. Gaston Motel still stands, and its currently under renovation, where it will become part of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which is adjacent to the hotel.

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Dolphins team up with Martin Luther King III to have entire roster registered to vote – Sporting News

The Dolphins are trying to do something no NFL team has ever before done. Miami is teaming up with Martin Luther King III in an attempt to register their entire team to vote by September.

Kingand Bill Wachtel of the Drum Major Institute have teamed up with the RISE Organization to register the entire Dolphins’ roster to vote by September 27 which is National Voter Registration day.

“The Dolphins are well on their way to being the first professional ball team in American history to have a roster of fully registered voters, and this is just the beginning,” Wachtel said Thursday in an interview with ESPN.

As of Friday afternoon about 90 percent of the team had registered to vote.

“The hope is that translates to encouraging more people across our nation to get engaged and to vote because a vote-less people, as dad said, is a powerless people, King told the Miami Herald. One of the most important steps that we can take is that short step to the ballot box.

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Martin Luther King III visits Dolphins minicamp for voting initiative – WPEC

Martin Luther King III speaks to the media about getting the Dolphins to register to votes.

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship last week, but many players have said they will go to be honored at the White House, as a protest to President Donald Trump.

Many athletes have taken political stances publicly, but still many don’t do their civic duty by showing up to the ballots. The Dolphins are taking a step to change that.

Last year, four Dolphins protested police violence against African-Americans, by kneeling during the national anthem.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross stood up for his players, saying they had the right to do it. There’s another way that NFL players and all citizens can stand up for what they believe in.

And that is… to vote.

Martin Luther King III was at Dolphins minicamp Thursday as part of Ross’s RISE Initiative. King was helping the players register, making the Dolphins the first NFL team to organize its players to vote.

Last season the dolphins were at the center of activism controversy. Voting is the simplest form of activism and spreading that word is something everyone can get behind.

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DC Residents Remember Rev. King during Mural Removal – Afro American

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently joined former Mayor Anthony Williams, Councilmember David Grosso, Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Board of Library Trustees President Gregory McCarthy and a handful of residents to kick off construction at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and a ceremonial lowering of the buildings historic mural.

The event proved emotional for several residents on hand for the June 9 ceremony that ushers in a massive $208 million modernization project. The mural was removed for safekeeping and will be cleaned and stored for the duration of the librarys renovation. When the building reopens, the mural will be returned to the librarys Great Hall.

The first thing a visitor saw walking into the lobby of the library was this Dr. King mural it gave me a sense of pride every time I came here because I remember a time when libraries were segregated, Patricia Tarrance told the AFRO. Its amazing to see the care the city is using to remove it I think because they knew how much pride the residents took in seeing Dr. King and our fight for equality on that wall.

The 56-by-7-foot oil mural contains nearly 100 images, buildings, and events, and was painted by Jamaican-born artist Donald Miller. The mural was installed on the first anniversary of the national holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20, 1986. In addition to the mural, public art honoring Dr. King will be solicited for the librarys vestibule and the plaza in front of the building.

My Administration is committed to expanding learning opportunities for residents of every age, in every neighborhood, and one way we are doing that is by building and renovating libraries across the District, Bowser said at the removal. Earlier this year, after 44 years of service, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library the first public building in the country named for Dr. King closed its doors for a complete $208 million renovation. When it reopens in 2020, the MLK Library will offer tremendous learning opportunities to more than one million visitors each year.

In 2015, Bowser accelerated the funding to renovate the central library in her Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.

On March 4, 2017, the library closed for a complete modernization. When the $208 million transformation is complete, the building will feature: a new and transparent entryway, sculptured monumental stairs, a large auditorium and conference center, an interactive childrens space; and an expanded special collections space for researchers and local history enthusiasts.

I guess I am a bit overwhelmed watching this mural come down just because it has been a part of my daily life while working on my dissertation research for nearly 5 years, Tobin C. Taylor told the AFRO. Once the library administration opened the sitting area in the lobby, Id write while looking up at that mural. It reminded me that the fight for anything worth having is arduous but worth it.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library – Wikipedia

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library (also known locally as the MLK Library) is a 136-foot (41 m)[1] tall public library in downtown San Jose, California, which had its grand opening on August 16, 2003.[2] As of 2007[update], it is the largest library building in the western United States built in a single construction project, with over 475,000square feet (44,000 m) of space on eight floors and approximately 1.6million volumes. The King Library is a collaboration between the City of San Jos and San Jos State University: it is the main library for both San Jos State University and the San Jos Public Library system. In 2004 it was honored as Library of the Year by Library Journal and Thompson Gale, for its collaborative combination of the two functions as well as for the building.[3] On its tenth anniversary in 2013 it was still the largest joint university-municipal library in the United States.[2]

The Library building can accommodate over 2000 visitors.

The lower level (below floor 1) provides public computers, magazines and government documents. The reference collections are on floor 2. The volumes of the City Library system are shelved on floor 3. There, the non-fiction are indexed via the Dewey Decimal Classification and the fiction are sorted alphabetically by author’s last name. The volumes of the University Library (known also as the Research Collection) are shelved in floor 6 to 8 and are indexed via the Library of Congress Classification. Some duplicate volumes exist in both systems.

The center of the building is known as the Koret Atrium. On floor 1, in the atrium, a large LED display shows in real time the number of item loans (books and other media such as CDs and DVDs) that the entire City Library System has made since 2000. As of May 2016[update], that display showed a figure of over 177 million.

The lower level, second and third floors are where the majority of the public computers are located.

The fourth floor is dedicated to visitors with their laptops, and the lower floors provide large round tables for people to meet at. All floors except floor 1 provide individual alcoves for students or members of the public who are engaged in research for their studies. Floors 6 and 8 are “quiet study floors” and floor 7 is a “silent study floor”.

The library provides public computers and an online reservation system to reserve time on them. Students can also reserve study rooms through a similar online system. The computers are configured with Traditional Chinese input methods and input methods for some European languages. Some public computers are configured to access the library card catalog and other services only.[4]

In the Koret Atrium on floor 1, there is a kiosk of eight public computers with Internet access for which a library card is not required. These are configured so that use is limited to 15 minutes at a time.

The lower level has about 20 public computers, and floors 2 and 3 about 50 public computers each. Login to these computers requires a San Jose city library card number and PIN. Access time is nominally limited to 2 hours per day per library card, but at the end of the session, if less than 90% of the public computers are busy, the user is granted another hour of session time; such extensions can continue as long as the library remains open. Login sessions of public computer users are automatically terminated when the library closes to the public.

All floors are equipped with Wi-Fi service; using that service also requires a city library card number and PIN.[5] The public, unencrypted SSID is “King_Library_WIFI”.

Cash-only print release stations and printers are available on floor 1 and other floors. Some print stations can be operated with print cards.[6] Cash-only copiers are available on most floors.

Throughout the library are artworks by Mel Chin; the title of the series is Recolecciones (Spanish for “recollections”).[3][7][8]

After the Library is closed for the day to the public, it remains open for “extended study hours” to SJSU students, staff and faculty and to students from other approved local institutions.[9]

The Library is a major nexus point for student life at SJSU. Students often arrive with their laptops and engage in study groups both at tables and in study rooms.

The Library staff include Library Security Officers, some of whom carry body worn video cameras while patrolling the floors. Officers are posted at the entrances to the Library on the first floor and regularly patrol floors 1 to 3. Any person suspected of “library theft” is subject to detention as per the California Penal Code 490.5.[10] Sleeping is not permitted anywhere in the facility. [11] No food, except for covered drinks, or talking loudly is permitted at the public computers. Backpacks and other bags must be kept out of the way other others, such as at the confined spaces of the public computer areas. The regular security staff is supplemented by staff from CSC (Contemporary Services Corporation), who monitor floors 2 and 3. The Library and the Grace Community Center nearby on 10th Street are used by many homeless people.[12][13]

Security announcements, such as to evacuate the Library, sound throughout the central Atrium to all eight floors and via per-floor loudspeakers. There have been security incidents in 2015 and 2016 at the library.[14][15] Evacuations occur, on average, a few times per year. On the afternoon of January 11, 2016, at around 3 p.m. local time, a man, later identified as a member of the public rather than of the university, fell from the sixth floor to the ground floor of the Atrium and died. The library was evacuated and re-opened the next morning.[16][17]

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Martin Luther King News on June 9, 2017 at 4:30 AM

Crews are working to put out a fire at the M 9 Party Store located on South Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. [Read More] Thursday, June 8 – 10:16 PM TC Palm The property between Ocean and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards and Georgia and High School avenues is being eyed for different projects. LIDIA DINKOVA/TCPALM.COM… [Read More] A 56-foot-long mural paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. has been up for more than 30 years. Workers carefully took down the mural to… [Read More] The first black professor to hold a tenure-track appointment at a mostly white Southern university, and a childhood friend of Martin Luther King Jr. [Read More] The Crestview Police Department is investigating a report of a shooting in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. No serious injuries were… [Read More] Cars with Greek letters on their license frames pull up to the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity house on Martin Luther King Boulevard in South Dallas…. [Read More] The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group are hosting the annual Juneteenth KingFest Celebration… [Read More] Palmyra native Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a speechwriter and lawyer for the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., participates in a roundtable discussion with fellow… [Read More] FORT MYERS, Fla. Street signs are designed to help motorists navigate the roads, but what happens when they’re knocked down or displaced? That’s the case… [Read More] FORT MYERS, Fla. Street signs are designed to help motorists navigate the roads, but what happens when they’re knocked down or displaced? That’s the case… [Read More] (TriceEdneyWire.com) Former FBI Director James Comey, who was hired by President Barack Obama and fired by President Donald Trump, ordered the FBI’s new special agents… [Read More] The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at the Dollar General at 1444 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on Monday, June 13,… [Read More] Coca-Cola, Martin Luther King, CNN, Ludacris and NeNe all come to mind when we think of this Southern metropolis but did you know it’s… [Read More] M-10 is expected to be closed between I-94 and I-75 over the weekend so work crews can demolish the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Bridge. [Read More] Traffic to be rerouted as crews work to demolish Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard bridge over the freeway… [Read More] Clarence B. Jones, the man who helped to write Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech returned to Palmyra High School nearly 70… [Read More] (TriceEdneyWire.com)Another April 4th has rather quietly come and gone. It’s way past time for those who considered themselves as supporters of Dr. Martin Luther King… [Read More] The fire was burning near 59th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. [Read More] Starting next month, a new principal will take the helm of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.On Tuesday, the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education approved… [Read More] A South Jersey man who once served as counselor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored Tuesday at his high school alma mater. [Read More]

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Winter Park Commissioners opted Monday to attempt to sell a 1.6-acre parcel near Martin Luther King Jr. Park. [Read More] Tuesday, June 13 – 3:23 PM Gainesville, Fla.– One little girl is trying to make a difference by showing her love for this countries law enforcement. Rosalyn Baldwin… [Read More] man-injured-in-shooting-on-martin-luther-king-boulevard… [Read More] Rock Island’s Martin Luther King Center wants to change the rules for who can serve on its board. They are asking the city… [Read More] The Martin Luther King Center wants to make changes to it’s board of directors, allowing non-Rock Island residents to serve. The board president presented the… [Read More] No Christian played a more prominent role in the 20th century’s most significant social justice movement. [Read More] On May 24, at 9:14 a.m., two suspects entered the City Food Market located at 900 Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and selected several… [Read More] Monday, June 12 – 2:06 PM Southeast’s ‘Talking Booth’ Video Wins National AAF Award June 12, 2017 | Campus, Diversity, Faculty and Staff, Home Page, Student… [Read More] A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office motorcycle officer is in serious condition following a crash Monday morning on Martin Luther King Drive and New Kings Road, according… [Read More] An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was involved in a single-vehicle crash Monday morning on Martin Luther King Drive and New Kings Road. [Read More] A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer was involved in a car crash on Martin Luther King Drive and New Kings Road. [Read More] On Tuesday, June 13 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., head over the Goodwill Career Center on Martin Luther King Boulevard. [Read More] On Tuesday, June 13 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., head over the Goodwill Career Center on Martin Luther King Boulevard. [Read More] Enjoy a meal and support local police and fire departments this month at Texas Roadhouse, 1642 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houma.Ten percent of your total… [Read More] A vehicle crash at the intersection of Medgar Evers Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive left occupants with minor injuries. One of the drivers… [Read More] 1020 N Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Muncie, IN 47303. All – All… [Read More] Would it be possible for a stoplight to be installed at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carmel Drive (the street that leads… [Read More] When The High Point Enterprise reported in April that the Food Lion grocery store on E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive would be closing, residents… [Read More] The question shouldn’t be why doesn’t Johnson City have a road named for Martin Luther King Jr., but why does Johnson City and this region… [Read More] The moment was so combustible that, apparently, the civility necessary to defuse it existed solely beyond the realm of sports. “Probably only Martin Luther King… [Read More]

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Two injured in crash on MLK Jr. Blvd., south of Jolly Rd. – Lansing State Journal

Subscribe today for full access on your desktop, tablet, and mobile device. 224 Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about A section of South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is closed while police investigate a crash that sent two people to the hospital. Try Another Audio CAPTCHA Image CAPTCHA Help CancelSend A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Two people were injured in a crash on MLK Jr. Blvd., south of Jolly Rd., on Monday, June 19, 2017.(Photo: Ken Palmer/Lansing State Journal)Buy Photo LANSING – A section of South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is closed while police investigate a crash that sent two people to the hospital. The crash involving asedan and a full-size pickup truckhappened about 5:25 p.m. on MLK, near Ferley Street. The northboundand southbound lanes of MLK areclosed between Jolly Road and Northrup Street. One man was taken to a local hospital in good condition, Lansing police Sgt. Jason Spoelma said. Another man also was hospitalized, but his condition was unknown,he said. Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage, indicating they collided head-on. More on lsj.com: Fowlerville man arraigned in fatal hit-and-run crash The road could be closed for some time while an accident reconstruction team completes its work, police said. Contact Ken Palmer at (517) 377-1032 or kpalmer@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @KBPalm_lsj. Read or Share this story: http://on.lsj.com/2tm92LG 0:32 1:05 0:58 2:02 1:39 0:22 0:24 1:01 2:08 1:38

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East Valley group struggles to raise funds to honor MLK – AZCentral.com

Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions John Goodie leads children and adults on the unity walk during the “Light Up The Night” event sponsored by the Mesa MLK event organizers in Mesa, Ariz. on June 17, 2017.(Photo: Patrick Breen) Dozens of people gathered in downtown Mesa Saturday for a unity walk celebrating love and commemorating the end of slavery. The event was put on by the East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, which led the walkers around streets near the Mesa Convention Center while singing patriotic songs such as “God Bless America” and civil rights anthems like “We Shall Overcome.” While the walk was joyful, it also had a more somber goal. The group is struggling to raise enough funds to put on the annualDr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade and associated events and said without donations, it will be cancelled. Denise TrimbleSmith speaks during the “Light Up The Night” event sponsored by the Mesa MLK event organizers in Mesa, Ariz. on June 17, 2017.(Photo: Patrick Breen) Committee Vice President Denise TrimbleSmith said many deep-pocketed donors have lessened their donations or have stopped financially supporting the committee altogether, putting January’s parade in “serious jeopardy.” She said the march is especially important this year given the nation’s current political and social climate. “We have some racial injustices that continue to happen and we’ve gotten better,” TrimbleSmith said. “But the climate in America right now, it’s hard to even believe that Dr. King struggled and fought for all of us to have rights and yet we still don’t take advantage of the love that he wanted us to live.” TrimbleSmith said Saturday’s walk was an “urgency” and fundraising effort in light of the lack of funding, encouraging those gathered at the event to remain in solidarity with one another. “The best thing we have on this side of heaven is coming together united during that weekend,” TrimbleSmith said. “It doesn’t just start and stop with me, it starts with all of us.” She said the cost to put on the celebrations each year is in the “multi-thousands” of dollars and that the committee has to cover costs including permits for the parade, barricades to shut down the streets, portable restrooms and street sweepers. John Goodie is a member of the committee and said it wouldbe “an embarrassment” to not have the parade and other activities honoring Kingin 2018. “Our nation is torn, both parties are torn,” Goodie said. “So we need to really reflect and maintain Dr. King’s dream of unity, brotherhood and love, togetherness.” Goodie said the committee is about $8,000 short of what it needs to run the celebrations in 2018, and said he hoped Saturday’s march jumpstarts fundraising efforts. “We’re getting an early start to let folks know, ‘hey, we’re in jeopardy and we need some help,'” he said. Goodie spoke at the brief program before the walk started, leading the attendees in singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” before leading the walk and continued singing. Dorothy Townsend attended the walk with her husband and granddaughter, saying she hoped to show her granddaughter an example of love and unity. “We’ve seen a lot of stuff that exhibits disunity and people are so angry even on Facebook,” Townsend said. “The slightest comment causes people to get very abrasive, so I love the idea of us putting that aside and remembering we all have differing opinions but we can all be unified in our love for each other and our love for this city.” Townsend said she’s noticed more disunity since the 2016 presidential election, adding that she believes there “doesn’t seem to be a lot of tolerance” on either side of the political spectrum. “The attacks seem more severe and I don’t think we want it to fragment our community,” Townsend said. “I don’t think we want to find ourselves segregated into little populations of ethnic groups or cultures or cultural activities and definitely not on the socioeconomic scale.” Townsend said that’s why she supports events like Saturday evening’s gathering, sayingit brings the public together. “It seems to be a rocky time but I hope people gather together in their communities, in their churches, cultural associations and come together when they get an opportunity for an event like this and little by little I think some of the animosity could be toned down,” Townsend said. TrimbleSmith said the committee organizes a parade, breakfast gala and festival during the weekends leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and also sponsors scholarships — all of which are in jeopardy if the committee’s funding needs aren’t met. Buteven if there’s not an outward display of celebration like the parade or breakfast gala next year, TrimbleSmith said those who want to carry on King’s message of peace and unity can display it on a daily basis. “I wish we could have a parade every day but the fact of the matter is we have to be the parade,” TrimbleSmith said.”The community needs to be the parade on a daily basis and then when it comes time for that January 15th weekend its just a reflection of what were doing every day.” Those who want to donate to the effort can do so on the committee’s website, www.mesamlk.org. Read or Share this story: http://azc.cc/2ti4LIZ

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#TheRootTrip: Martin Luther King Jr. Slept Here – The Root

The A.G. Gaston Motel is an important landmark in the civil rights movement and was designated by President Barack Obama as the center of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. Located just a block away from the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site where four black girls lost their lives in 1963 when the KKK bombed their Sunday School class, the motel served as the center point for civil rights leaders. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed there, even as A.G. Gaston himself was a controversial figure. An adherent of Booker T. Washingtons philosophy of both business and not directly confronting the white supremacist system, Gaston was a complicated figure who both thrived in business during segregation. He own numerous business properties, including an insurance company, a funeral home, a bank, and of course, the motel. On the one hand, Gaston supported the civil rights movement behind the scenes by providing financial support to various integration movements but was widely seen as an accommodationist who discouraged student protests in lieu of negotiation with white Birmingham officials. This caused him to be labeled an Uncle Tom in some quarters because of his moderating influence when it came to the demand for first-class citizenship. But the A.G. Gaston Motel still stands, and its currently under renovation, where it will become part of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which is adjacent to the hotel.

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Dolphins team up with Martin Luther King III to have entire roster registered to vote – Sporting News

The Dolphins are trying to do something no NFL team has ever before done. Miami is teaming up with Martin Luther King III in an attempt to register their entire team to vote by September. Kingand Bill Wachtel of the Drum Major Institute have teamed up with the RISE Organization to register the entire Dolphins’ roster to vote by September 27 which is National Voter Registration day. “The Dolphins are well on their way to being the first professional ball team in American history to have a roster of fully registered voters, and this is just the beginning,” Wachtel said Thursday in an interview with ESPN. As of Friday afternoon about 90 percent of the team had registered to vote. “The hope is that translates to encouraging more people across our nation to get engaged and to vote because a vote-less people, as dad said, is a powerless people, King told the Miami Herald. One of the most important steps that we can take is that short step to the ballot box.

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Martin Luther King III visits Dolphins minicamp for voting initiative – WPEC

Martin Luther King III speaks to the media about getting the Dolphins to register to votes. The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship last week, but many players have said they will go to be honored at the White House, as a protest to President Donald Trump. Many athletes have taken political stances publicly, but still many don’t do their civic duty by showing up to the ballots. The Dolphins are taking a step to change that. Last year, four Dolphins protested police violence against African-Americans, by kneeling during the national anthem. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross stood up for his players, saying they had the right to do it. There’s another way that NFL players and all citizens can stand up for what they believe in. And that is… to vote. Martin Luther King III was at Dolphins minicamp Thursday as part of Ross’s RISE Initiative. King was helping the players register, making the Dolphins the first NFL team to organize its players to vote. Last season the dolphins were at the center of activism controversy. Voting is the simplest form of activism and spreading that word is something everyone can get behind.

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DC Residents Remember Rev. King during Mural Removal – Afro American

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently joined former Mayor Anthony Williams, Councilmember David Grosso, Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Board of Library Trustees President Gregory McCarthy and a handful of residents to kick off construction at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and a ceremonial lowering of the buildings historic mural. The event proved emotional for several residents on hand for the June 9 ceremony that ushers in a massive $208 million modernization project. The mural was removed for safekeeping and will be cleaned and stored for the duration of the librarys renovation. When the building reopens, the mural will be returned to the librarys Great Hall. The first thing a visitor saw walking into the lobby of the library was this Dr. King mural it gave me a sense of pride every time I came here because I remember a time when libraries were segregated, Patricia Tarrance told the AFRO. Its amazing to see the care the city is using to remove it I think because they knew how much pride the residents took in seeing Dr. King and our fight for equality on that wall. The 56-by-7-foot oil mural contains nearly 100 images, buildings, and events, and was painted by Jamaican-born artist Donald Miller. The mural was installed on the first anniversary of the national holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20, 1986. In addition to the mural, public art honoring Dr. King will be solicited for the librarys vestibule and the plaza in front of the building. My Administration is committed to expanding learning opportunities for residents of every age, in every neighborhood, and one way we are doing that is by building and renovating libraries across the District, Bowser said at the removal. Earlier this year, after 44 years of service, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library the first public building in the country named for Dr. King closed its doors for a complete $208 million renovation. When it reopens in 2020, the MLK Library will offer tremendous learning opportunities to more than one million visitors each year. In 2015, Bowser accelerated the funding to renovate the central library in her Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. On March 4, 2017, the library closed for a complete modernization. When the $208 million transformation is complete, the building will feature: a new and transparent entryway, sculptured monumental stairs, a large auditorium and conference center, an interactive childrens space; and an expanded special collections space for researchers and local history enthusiasts. I guess I am a bit overwhelmed watching this mural come down just because it has been a part of my daily life while working on my dissertation research for nearly 5 years, Tobin C. Taylor told the AFRO. Once the library administration opened the sitting area in the lobby, Id write while looking up at that mural. It reminded me that the fight for anything worth having is arduous but worth it.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library – Wikipedia

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library (also known locally as the MLK Library) is a 136-foot (41 m)[1] tall public library in downtown San Jose, California, which had its grand opening on August 16, 2003.[2] As of 2007[update], it is the largest library building in the western United States built in a single construction project, with over 475,000square feet (44,000 m) of space on eight floors and approximately 1.6million volumes. The King Library is a collaboration between the City of San Jos and San Jos State University: it is the main library for both San Jos State University and the San Jos Public Library system. In 2004 it was honored as Library of the Year by Library Journal and Thompson Gale, for its collaborative combination of the two functions as well as for the building.[3] On its tenth anniversary in 2013 it was still the largest joint university-municipal library in the United States.[2] The Library building can accommodate over 2000 visitors. The lower level (below floor 1) provides public computers, magazines and government documents. The reference collections are on floor 2. The volumes of the City Library system are shelved on floor 3. There, the non-fiction are indexed via the Dewey Decimal Classification and the fiction are sorted alphabetically by author’s last name. The volumes of the University Library (known also as the Research Collection) are shelved in floor 6 to 8 and are indexed via the Library of Congress Classification. Some duplicate volumes exist in both systems. The center of the building is known as the Koret Atrium. On floor 1, in the atrium, a large LED display shows in real time the number of item loans (books and other media such as CDs and DVDs) that the entire City Library System has made since 2000. As of May 2016[update], that display showed a figure of over 177 million. The lower level, second and third floors are where the majority of the public computers are located. The fourth floor is dedicated to visitors with their laptops, and the lower floors provide large round tables for people to meet at. All floors except floor 1 provide individual alcoves for students or members of the public who are engaged in research for their studies. Floors 6 and 8 are “quiet study floors” and floor 7 is a “silent study floor”. The library provides public computers and an online reservation system to reserve time on them. Students can also reserve study rooms through a similar online system. The computers are configured with Traditional Chinese input methods and input methods for some European languages. Some public computers are configured to access the library card catalog and other services only.[4] In the Koret Atrium on floor 1, there is a kiosk of eight public computers with Internet access for which a library card is not required. These are configured so that use is limited to 15 minutes at a time. The lower level has about 20 public computers, and floors 2 and 3 about 50 public computers each. Login to these computers requires a San Jose city library card number and PIN. Access time is nominally limited to 2 hours per day per library card, but at the end of the session, if less than 90% of the public computers are busy, the user is granted another hour of session time; such extensions can continue as long as the library remains open. Login sessions of public computer users are automatically terminated when the library closes to the public. All floors are equipped with Wi-Fi service; using that service also requires a city library card number and PIN.[5] The public, unencrypted SSID is “King_Library_WIFI”. Cash-only print release stations and printers are available on floor 1 and other floors. Some print stations can be operated with print cards.[6] Cash-only copiers are available on most floors. Throughout the library are artworks by Mel Chin; the title of the series is Recolecciones (Spanish for “recollections”).[3][7][8] After the Library is closed for the day to the public, it remains open for “extended study hours” to SJSU students, staff and faculty and to students from other approved local institutions.[9] The Library is a major nexus point for student life at SJSU. Students often arrive with their laptops and engage in study groups both at tables and in study rooms. The Library staff include Library Security Officers, some of whom carry body worn video cameras while patrolling the floors. Officers are posted at the entrances to the Library on the first floor and regularly patrol floors 1 to 3. Any person suspected of “library theft” is subject to detention as per the California Penal Code 490.5.[10] Sleeping is not permitted anywhere in the facility. [11] No food, except for covered drinks, or talking loudly is permitted at the public computers. Backpacks and other bags must be kept out of the way other others, such as at the confined spaces of the public computer areas. The regular security staff is supplemented by staff from CSC (Contemporary Services Corporation), who monitor floors 2 and 3. The Library and the Grace Community Center nearby on 10th Street are used by many homeless people.[12][13] Security announcements, such as to evacuate the Library, sound throughout the central Atrium to all eight floors and via per-floor loudspeakers. There have been security incidents in 2015 and 2016 at the library.[14][15] Evacuations occur, on average, a few times per year. On the afternoon of January 11, 2016, at around 3 p.m. local time, a man, later identified as a member of the public rather than of the university, fell from the sixth floor to the ground floor of the Atrium and died. The library was evacuated and re-opened the next morning.[16][17] Main street-side (northwest) entrance

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Martin Luther King News on June 9, 2017 at 4:30 AM

Crews are working to put out a fire at the M 9 Party Store located on South Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. [Read More] Thursday, June 8 – 10:16 PM TC Palm The property between Ocean and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards and Georgia and High School avenues is being eyed for different projects. LIDIA DINKOVA/TCPALM.COM… [Read More] A 56-foot-long mural paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. has been up for more than 30 years. Workers carefully took down the mural to… [Read More] The first black professor to hold a tenure-track appointment at a mostly white Southern university, and a childhood friend of Martin Luther King Jr. [Read More] The Crestview Police Department is investigating a report of a shooting in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. No serious injuries were… [Read More] Cars with Greek letters on their license frames pull up to the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity house on Martin Luther King Boulevard in South Dallas…. [Read More] The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group are hosting the annual Juneteenth KingFest Celebration… [Read More] Palmyra native Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a speechwriter and lawyer for the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., participates in a roundtable discussion with fellow… [Read More] FORT MYERS, Fla. Street signs are designed to help motorists navigate the roads, but what happens when they’re knocked down or displaced? That’s the case… [Read More] FORT MYERS, Fla. Street signs are designed to help motorists navigate the roads, but what happens when they’re knocked down or displaced? That’s the case… [Read More] (TriceEdneyWire.com) Former FBI Director James Comey, who was hired by President Barack Obama and fired by President Donald Trump, ordered the FBI’s new special agents… [Read More] The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at the Dollar General at 1444 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on Monday, June 13,… [Read More] Coca-Cola, Martin Luther King, CNN, Ludacris and NeNe all come to mind when we think of this Southern metropolis but did you know it’s… [Read More] M-10 is expected to be closed between I-94 and I-75 over the weekend so work crews can demolish the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Bridge. [Read More] Traffic to be rerouted as crews work to demolish Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard bridge over the freeway… [Read More] Clarence B. Jones, the man who helped to write Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech returned to Palmyra High School nearly 70… [Read More] (TriceEdneyWire.com)Another April 4th has rather quietly come and gone. It’s way past time for those who considered themselves as supporters of Dr. Martin Luther King… [Read More] The fire was burning near 59th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. [Read More] Starting next month, a new principal will take the helm of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.On Tuesday, the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education approved… [Read More] A South Jersey man who once served as counselor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored Tuesday at his high school alma mater. [Read More]

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Martin Luther King News on June 13, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Winter Park Commissioners opted Monday to attempt to sell a 1.6-acre parcel near Martin Luther King Jr. Park. [Read More] Tuesday, June 13 – 3:23 PM Gainesville, Fla.– One little girl is trying to make a difference by showing her love for this countries law enforcement. Rosalyn Baldwin… [Read More] man-injured-in-shooting-on-martin-luther-king-boulevard… [Read More] Rock Island’s Martin Luther King Center wants to change the rules for who can serve on its board. They are asking the city… [Read More] The Martin Luther King Center wants to make changes to it’s board of directors, allowing non-Rock Island residents to serve. The board president presented the… [Read More] No Christian played a more prominent role in the 20th century’s most significant social justice movement. [Read More] On May 24, at 9:14 a.m., two suspects entered the City Food Market located at 900 Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and selected several… [Read More] Monday, June 12 – 2:06 PM Southeast’s ‘Talking Booth’ Video Wins National AAF Award June 12, 2017 | Campus, Diversity, Faculty and Staff, Home Page, Student… [Read More] A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office motorcycle officer is in serious condition following a crash Monday morning on Martin Luther King Drive and New Kings Road, according… [Read More] An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was involved in a single-vehicle crash Monday morning on Martin Luther King Drive and New Kings Road. [Read More] A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer was involved in a car crash on Martin Luther King Drive and New Kings Road. [Read More] On Tuesday, June 13 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., head over the Goodwill Career Center on Martin Luther King Boulevard. [Read More] On Tuesday, June 13 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., head over the Goodwill Career Center on Martin Luther King Boulevard. [Read More] Enjoy a meal and support local police and fire departments this month at Texas Roadhouse, 1642 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houma.Ten percent of your total… [Read More] A vehicle crash at the intersection of Medgar Evers Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive left occupants with minor injuries. One of the drivers… [Read More] 1020 N Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Muncie, IN 47303. All – All… [Read More] Would it be possible for a stoplight to be installed at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carmel Drive (the street that leads… [Read More] When The High Point Enterprise reported in April that the Food Lion grocery store on E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive would be closing, residents… [Read More] The question shouldn’t be why doesn’t Johnson City have a road named for Martin Luther King Jr., but why does Johnson City and this region… [Read More] The moment was so combustible that, apparently, the civility necessary to defuse it existed solely beyond the realm of sports. “Probably only Martin Luther King… [Read More]

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