Archive for January 18th, 2009

Holiday Invite: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2009

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

I am delighted to invite you to join Holiday on the Net’s celebration of this great man and of the civil rights movement as a whole. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as excited for this January holiday as I am in 2009.

That’s because just one day after we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., we will see the first African American president of the United Sates sworn into office. I don’t think there is any more fitting testament to King’s legacy than the election of President Barack Obama. “I have a dream” indeed!

I welcome you to spend the next few days learning more about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal and political history. You can also reconnect with the story of Rosa Parks, the black seamstress who refused to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Read and listen to the words of King’s still inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. And learn about the Act signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Regan, designating the third Monday in January as a national holiday honoring America’s greatest civil rights leader — 15 years after his assassination. Be sure to stop by our newest feature, Did You Know?, where we have a 25 year retrospective on the most significant milestones in the history of the Civil Rights movement.

Finally, share the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sending out e-greeting cards to your friends and colleagues or by printing out MLK coloring pages to enjoy with your children. I look forward to seeing you at Holidays on the Net!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated Monday January 19, 2009.

Happy Holidays,

Louie

Holidays on the Net

 

Day of Service: Volunteer on MLK Day

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Because I’m not just asking you to take part in one day of service, I’m asking you to make a lasting commitment to make better the lives of your fellow Americans…

“At this moment of great challenge and great change, I am asking you to play your part, to roll up your sleeves and join in the work of remaking this nation. And if you do, than I truly believe a new and better day is within our reach”
Barack Obama

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the Inauguration of our new president, Americans are being asked to join in a nationwide call for service on Jan. 19. The day is being promoted by President-elect Barack Obama and his wife as a Day of Service in which all Americans are asked to give some of their time, anyway they can.

For more information visit USASERVICE.ORG

The video above was provided by Causecast and was produced to inspire people to get involved.

We have highlighted over 15 service organizations and websites that provide all the necessary information on volunteering for anyone, anywhere – to increase volunteerism on the 19th and beyond. Service is incredibly important and people need to understand that everyone has the power to make a difference. Just a few hours can have a significant impact.

So what will you be doing Jan. 19th?

Did You Know? Three Decades in the Civil Rights Movement: From 1941 to 1972 – Day 7

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Did You Know? Three Decades in the Civil Rights Movement: From 1941 to 1972

As we countdown to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday Jan. 19) we thought we’d present some Did You Know? facts about the Civil Rights Movement. Today is our final edition in our week long look at the civil rights struggle.

18) Did you know that in 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that busing children outside their district in order to desegregate schools was constitutional? Many see this decision as the “bite” behind the “bark” of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling that found segregated public schools unconstitutional.

19) Did you know that in 1972, Congress passed the Equal Opportunity and Employment Act, which prohibited job discrimination on the basis of race, religion or gender? In 1974, the city of Detroit, Michigan created the first affirmative action hiring program in an attempt to balance the racial composition of its local police.

Thanks for stopping by for our look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, J. Day. If you missed any of our facts, you can find our complete list of Did You Know? facts about the civil rights movement here.

(January 18) Today we're celebrating . . .  Pooh Day

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

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Pooh Day

Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff
He’s Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh
Willy nilly silly ole bear

Celebrating the Birth Anniversary of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne.

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