Archive for January, 2009

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.

Did You Know? Three Decades in the Civil Rights Movement: From 1941 to 1972 – Day 6

Saturday, January 17th, 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 6th edition in our week long look at the civil rights struggle.

16) Did you know that in 1967, the first black justice, Thurgood Marshall, was appointed to the Supreme Court? Also in that year, race riots erupted in major cities like Detroit, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey. Simultaneously, the cities of Cleveland, Ohio and Gary, Indiana elected their first black mayors.

17) Did you know that on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee? The shot that rang out on the Memphis sky led to riots across the country and prompted many in the civil rights movement to adopt a change in their commitment to non-violence.

Stop by again tomorrow for our continuing look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, J. Day.

And for those who don’t want to wait here is our full list of Did You Know? facts about the civil rights movement.

(January 17) Today we're celebrating . . .  Kid Inventor’s Day

Saturday, January 17th, 2009


Kid Inventor’s Day
Celebrating the ingenuity and creativity of children and teen inventors. (observed on the birthday of Benjamin Franklin)

 

 

 

photo credit: via flickr

Did You Know? Three Decades in the Civil Rights Movement: From 1941 to 1972 – Day 5

Friday, January 16th, 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 5th edition in our week long look at the civil rights struggle.

13) Did you know that in November of 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, leaving the Civil Rights Movements in a state of shock and desperation?

14) Did you know that in 1964, President Johnson signed into law the nation’s first comprehensive Civil Rights Act, which President Kennedy had called for less than a year earlier? The Act made racial exclusion from public facilities such as restaurants and hotels illegal in all 50 states.

15) Did you know that in 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which cleared the way for the massive registration of blacks in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina? Within just two years, more than half of all eligible black voters in those states were registered.

Stop by again tomorrow for our continuing look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, J. Day.

And for those who don’t want to wait here is our full list of Did You Know? facts about the civil rights movement.

(January 16) Today we're celebrating . . .  Appreciate a Dragon Day

Friday, January 16th, 2009


Appreciate a Dragon Day
A day for kids to choose their favorite dragons from literature and take part in dragon related celebrations and activities in their schools and libraries.

photo credit: sherikirkwood via flickr

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