Archive for January 16th, 2010

Holiday Invite: Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Net

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of the life and legacy of this great leader.

We welcome you to stop by and learn about the personal and political history of Dr. King and of the civil rights movement. Familiarize yourself with the story of Rosa Parks, the black seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man, sparked the King-led Montgomery Bus Boycott. Listen to the inspiring words spoken by Dr. King when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.

Come review three decades of civil rights history in America — from the executive order signed in 1941 by FDR, banning discrimination by government contractors, to the implementation of an affirmative action program in 1974 by Detroit’s police force. Discover the history and controversy over making Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday, as was finally done by President Ronald Regan in 1983. Then test your knowledge of Dr. King’s early life and lasting political legacy in our newest installment of the Did You Know trivia feature.

Finally, I invite you to share the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sending free e-greeting cards to your friends and family or by sharing free MLK coloring pages with your children.

I look forward to sharing this important celebration with you at Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Net.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday January 18, 2010.

Happy holidays,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/16/10)

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

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

Jan. 16 : 02 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1972, Congress passed the Equal Opportunity and Employment Act?

The Act 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.

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

Saturday, January 16th, 2010


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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