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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/08)

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

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

Jan. 08 : 09 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1948 the U.S. Armed Forces was ordered by President Harry Truman to integrate all of its units?

Until this order, the Armed Forces had maintained separate units for black and white soldiers. Also in 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that using race as a reason to bar persons from owning property was unconstitutional.

Did you know in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial discrimination in public schools was unconstitutional?

Until this order, the Armed Forces had maintained separate units for black and white soldiers. Also in 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that using race as a reason to bar persons from owning property was unconstitutional.

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 17, 2011.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/07)

Friday, January 7th, 2011

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

Jan. 07 : 10 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1946 President Harry S. Truman created the President’s Committee on Civil Rights?

This was the first time the federal government had acknowledged racial discrimination as a national problem. In that same year, the U.S. Supreme Court banned racial discrimination on interstate buses.

Did you know that the first Freedom Ride took place in 1947?

Organized by CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality, Freedom Riders were black passengers traveling on buses throughout the South as a test of the Supreme Court decision banning segregation on interstate travel. Also in 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black major league athlete when he was hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team.

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 17, 2011.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/06)

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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

Jan. 06 : 11 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, traveled to India, the homeland of Mahatma Ghandi, in 1959?

While there, Dr. King studied Ghandi’s principles, known as Satyagraha, and determined that he would use them as his primary instrument of social protest in the United States.

Did you know that Dr. King earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964?

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Dr. King for having "contributed the most to the furtherance of peace among men." The prize money — $54,000* — was divided by Dr. King among various civil rights organizations.

*FYI-In 2009 US President Barack Obama was awarded 1.4 million dollars when he won the prize!
(which was given to charities)

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 17, 2011.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/05)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

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

Jan. 05 : 12 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that the holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King was signed into law 15 years after his death, by President Ronald Reagan?

The bill had faced opposition by many in Congress, who argued against it on economic, cultural and national grounds. Ultimately, Dr. King’s spirit triumphed and the bill was signed into law on November 2, 1983. The first national celebration took place two and a half years later, on January 20, 1986.

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 17, 2011.

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

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

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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, we 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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday January 17, 2011. We look forward to sharing this important celebration with you at Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Net.

Happy holidays,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Holiday Reminder: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

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Reminder: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday will be celebrated in 2 weeks, Monday January 17, 2011. Remember – It’s A Day On, Not A Day Off!!

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(August 28) Today we're celebrating . . .  Dream Day Quest and Jubilee

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Dream Day Quest and Jubilee
The 3rd of three annual Emancipation Days of Respect which honors the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting unity, respect and remembrance.

On this the anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” (Aug. 28, 1963), you are requested to wear black and white to show respect for Peoplehood in the Spirit of WAO (We Are One).

The Emancipation Days of Respect are Humanitarian Day (January 15th – MLK’s Birthday), Victims of Violence Holy Day (April 4th – Anniversary of MLK’s death) and Dream Day Quest and Jubilee (August 28th – Anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech)

Visit our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day site to see & hear the “I Have a Dream” speech.

More information: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the Net – The Emancipation Days of Respect

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