Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Lasting Legacy

Dear Readers,

On Monday, January 19, 2015, America will commemorate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, beloved husband and father, who is regarded by many to be one of America’s favorite sons.  If he were alive Dr. King, who was born on January 15, 1929, would be 86 years old.

Many public tributes have been planned in Dr. King’s honor, especially in Brooklyn.  If you are still contemplating what to do on this day, we have a few recommendations for you.

Have you considered spending the day at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)?  There is always tremendous buzz around BAM’s tribute to Dr. King, which is one of the largest tributes in New York.  Brooklynites are always excited to be a part of this annual celebration which is co-sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Medgar Evers College.  

This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Cornel West, noted author professor and activist.  What would a celebration be without music?  In addition to Dr. West, guests will be treated to performances by Sandra St. Victor & Oya’s Daughter, former lead singer of The Family Stand, and the New York Fellowship Mass Choir led by Rev. David Wright, son of Rev. Timothy Wright, who is also known as Brooklyn’s Godfather of Gospel who died in 2009.  After his address, Dr. West will sign copies of The Radical King, his new collection of Dr. King’s writings.  Sound interesting?  For additional information, please be sure to visit BAM’s website.

Brooklyn is New York City’s largest borough and celebrations in honor of Dr. King will take place in several neighborhoods.  When making your plans, please remember to look for events that are scheduled for Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th.  For a complete guide please click here.  We encourage you to celebrate with your fellow neighbors from Bedford Stuyvesant, Sheepshead Bay, Central Brooklyn and downtown.

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Each year President Obama and the First Family join Americans throughout the country in recognizing Dr. King’s birthday as a National Day of Service.  If there is a favorite cause you would like to take consider, this weekend will provide a perfect chance for you to get involved.  Lastly, if you are out and about, and love to take pictures, may we ask you to share them with us?  We would love to see how the day unfolded through your eyes.

We at Brooklyn Legends are proud to join the world in this year’s celebration of Dr. King’s birth.  We celebrate his legacy.

Have a great day.

Monique

Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Civil Rights Icon

Dear Readers,

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader and icon, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The year was 1968, and the struggle for racial and social justice was woven in the fabric of American life. The entire world watched as people of African and Caribbean descent fought to end injustice and discrimination throughout the country. Hundreds of supporters would gather and march for equal access to education, housing, employment and voting rights.  We have made phenomenal progress but, as we also know, there is still much work to do.

As we pay respect to Dr. King, we would be remiss if we did not salute his widow Mrs. Coretta Scott-King.  A devoted mother and community activist, Mrs. King carried on her husband’s legacy, with unmistakable style and grace, until she passed on January 30, 2006.

Brooklyn Legends joins the world in commemorating Dr. King’s legacy and the great changes he was able to bring about.  We thought you might enjoy watching this segment from his last speech – I’ve Been To The Mountaintop.

Have a great weekend.

Monique
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Credits:
Information about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – http://www.nobelprize.org

 

Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Readers,

On Monday, January 20, 2014, we will commemorate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, civil rights leader, icon and one of America’s favorite sons.

Many public tributes have been planned in Dr. King’s honor, especially in Brooklyn.  If you are still contemplating what to do on this day, we have a few recommendations for you.

Have you considered spending the day at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)?  There is always tremendous buzz around BAM’s tribute, and this year is no different.  Brooklynites are always excited to be a part of celebration.  Angela Davis, renown author, activist and professor, will provide this year’s keynote address.  What would a celebration be without music?  Modern jazz artist Jose James, and the BCCC Singers from Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center, will certainly deliver.  Sound interesting?  For additional information, please be sure to visit BAM’s website.

Brooklyn is New York City’s largest borough and celebrations will take place in several neighborhoods.  When making your plans, please remember to look for events that are scheduled for Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th.  For a complete guide please click here.  We encourage you to celebrate with your fellow neighbors from Bedford Stuyvesant, Sheepshead Bay, Central Brooklyn and downtown.

Each year President Obama and the First Family, recognize January 20th as a National Day of Service.  If there is a favorite cause you would like to take consider, this weekend will provide a perfect chance for you to get involved.  As you can see, there are many options to choose from.  Whatever you decide, please enjoy this special day!

Lastly, if you are out and about, and love to take pictures, may we ask you to share them with us?  We would love to see how the day unfolded through your eyes.

We at Brooklyn Legends are proud to join the world in this year’s celebration of Dr. King’s birth.  We are honored to celebrate his legacy.

Have a great day.

Monique

In Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Civil Rights Icon

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the passing of civil rights leader and icon, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The year was 1968, and the civil rights struggle was woven in the fabric of American life. The entire world watched as people of African and Caribbean descent fought to end racial and social injustices throughout the country. Hundreds of supporters would gather and march for equal access to education, housing, employment and voting rights.  We have made phenomenal progress but, as we also know, there is still much work to do.

I am happy to see so many tributes in honor of Dr. King’s legacy. This is simply awesome. When you have a moment, I encourage you to read The Root’s tribute: MLK’s Assassination: 12 Forgotten Facts – Forty-five years after his death, a look at lesser-known or overlooked details surrounding the tragedy.  Please click here to enjoy this article.  The New York Times has also prepared a tribute to Dr. King in its Times Topics section. Once there you will see an encyclopedic list of articles, newly digitized videos and archival photos. To see more, please click here.

martin-luther-king-jrAs we pay respect to Dr. King, we would be remiss if we did not salute his widow Mrs. Coretta Scott-King.  A devoted mother and community activist, she carried on her husband’s legacy, with unmistakable style and grace, until she passed on January 30, 2006.

In December 1968 Mike Wallace, of 60 Minutes, visited Mrs. King and her children at their home in Atlanta, Georgia.  This was the King family’s first Christmas without Dr. King.  We thought you might enjoy this special video. 

We at Brooklyn Legends are proud to salute Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a true American hero and his widow Mrs. Coretta Scott-King.
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Credits:
The Root’s Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – http://www.theroot.com
The New York Times Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – http://www.nytimes.com
Mike Wallace Interview with The King Family – http://www.cbs.com via YouTube

Photos:
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – http://www.nobelprize.org
The King family at home in Atlanta, GA – nydailynews.com