We Celebrate Dr. King and You

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Dear Readers,

From time to time, we each need to be reminded just how important our contributions are.  We may not have a public platform, but what each of us has to offer has a greater impact than we could ever realize.

As we recognize the 86th birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I wanted to share this video on the Dignity of Labor with you.

As you go about your plans to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, please remember to celebrate yourself, and each other!

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Fondly,
Monique

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

On This Labor Day – I’m Grateful

Monique Brizz-Walker

Monique Brizz-Walker at work – NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Dear Readers:

As we prepare to commemorate another Labor Day, I find myself thinking about everything my grandparents instilled in me about the importance of hard work. They went to great lengths to remind me that job excellence was the highest form of gratitude that I could demonstrate.

There was a time when an African-American woman like me could only dream of having a full-time position with benefits and paid holidays. Of course there are days when I am ready to leave the building and retreat to the comfort of my home, but it does not take me long to realize just how fortunate I am. For me, this quote sums it up.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance,
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Labor Day to all. Thank you for the important contributions you make to our great society.

Fondly,

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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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

On This Labor Day – I’m Grateful!

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As we prepare to celebrate another Labor Day, I find myself thinking about everything my grandparents instilled in me about work.  I was always reminded that job excellence was the highest form of gratitude I could demonstrate.

As we all know, there was a time when an African-American women like me, could only dream of having a full-time job with benefits and paid holidays.  Of course there are days when I am ready to leave the building and retreat to the comfort of my home, but it does not take me long to realize just how fortunate I am.

I came across a quote from someone whom we all admire that I would like to share.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance,
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never Forget – The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Today’s Brooklyn Legends’ post is an excerpt from an article written for the Huffington Post by Sonia Grant, Author of
Barack Obama – They Said this Day would Never Come

Rep%20John%20Lewis%20-%20Anthony%20Umrani“Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?” demanded an exasperated John Lewis.

It was 1963, and he stood before a crowd of 250,000 on the Lincoln Memorial for what was to prove to be one of the iconic events of the civil rights era: the March on Washington. However, his question could reasonably be asked again, in 2013, when Lewis would participate in commemorations for the event’s 50th anniversary.

Poignantly, it occurs at an especially challenging time. The demands of the original march for ‘Jobs and Freedom’ remain pertinent and John Lewis could dust off his original speech and it would still sound fresh: black unemployment is double the wider community’s, due to structural inequalities; and the Supreme Court recently struck down and, thereby, effectively dismantled a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

It was, according to Lewis, as if they had  “put a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

Then, a passionate 23-year-old chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), John Lewis, was already a seasoned civil rights activist — with fractures and scars as evidence — and caused controversy when an advance copy of his speech was circulated. Denouncement from the Kennedy administration for its ‘militant’ tone resulted in two versions of Lewis’s speech: the original one he proposed to give; and, the other, the one he actually delivered.

We are honored to share John Lewis’ memories from that day.

The Honorable John Lewis is the sole surviving member of civil rights leaders (James Farmer, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins and Whitney Young) from the ‘March on Washington’ and personifies how much change has been made — its momentum led to passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act; and how much remains to be done, in order for Martin Luther King’s seminal, I Have a Dream, speech to be realized.

We will never forget the sacrifices!

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The Huffington Post and Sonia Grant
John Lewis, holding a photo of the “Big Six” – courtesy of Multichannel.com
John Lewis Video courtesy of YouTube