Archive for January 17th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/17/10)

Sunday, January 17th, 2010


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

Jan. 17 : 01 Day to MLK Day

Did you know that the night before Dr. King’s April 1968 assassination, he gave a speech in which he alluded almost prophetically to his own death?

On the night before his murder Dr. King gave a speech to striking sanitation workers in which he said…

"I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m not fearing any man."

The next day, as he was leaving his motel room, Dr. King was shot and killed.

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

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

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

Happy Birthday Mrs. Obama!

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Today, Sunday January 17, is the birthday of US First Lady Michelle Obama.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

Michelle Robinson was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Throughout 2007 and 2008, she helped campaign for her husband’s presidential bid and delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the mother of two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and is the sister of Craig Robinson, men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University.*

*source: wikipedia – Michelle Obama

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