Archive for January 12th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/12/10)

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about Martin Luther King &
the Civil Rights Movement

Jan. 12 : 06 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1961, President John F. Kennedy created the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity?

In that same year, the first black students were admitted to the University of Georgia.

Did you know that in 1962, civil rights organizers launched a massive voter registration campaign within the black community in Mississippi?

The effort was largely unsuccessful, due to poll taxes and reading tests that were still in place in Mississippi and other Southern states to bar blacks from voting.

Also in 1962, James Meredith, a black college student from Mississippi, won his Supreme Court case to be granted admission to the University of Mississippi. Federal troops were sent by President Kennedy to protect Meredith and ensure his full enrollment.

Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.

Join us for our look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 18, 2010.

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(January 12) This week we’re celebrating . . .  Cuckoo Dancing Week

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010


Cuckoo Dancing Week
Honoring the memory of the comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. So let the sweet, sweet sounds of “The Dancing Cuckoos” (their theme song) be heard far and wide this week!

And of course any celebration of “Stan and Ollie” just wouldn’t be complete without a mention of their film Babes in Toyland. What would my childhood’s Thanksgiving Day celebrations have been without the perennial viewing of Babes in Toyland in all its black and white TV glory…

And to brighten up my day (and hopefully yours) I found this trailer for the movie Babes in Toyland ! Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! View the video after the jump.

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