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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Awarded in Memory of 'American Icon' Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family's long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor.
In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family.

                  Nobel Prize Winners Martin Luther King Jr 

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism. He was born January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968.
King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.
Welcome to The King Center
Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to advancing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through various programs and partnerships, we strive to educate the world about his life and teachings, inspire new generations to further his work, and strengthen causes and changemakers continuing his efforts today.
The town honored five Braintree residents on Thursday night who exemplify the works and words of Martin Luther King Jr.
The five Braintree residents honored at a Town Hall ceremony Thursday night have had a ripple effect on others in the community by embracing the loving ethos of Martin Luther King Jr. through works of generosity such as supporting food pantries, helping Braintree's youth, organizing other volunteers and serving taxpayers through efficient government work.
This Monday, January 16, hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians will be helping out in honor of the 17th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the largest King Day of Service event in the nation.
In celebration of Dr. King’s January 15 birthday and volunteer and advocacy events throughout the city, the Free Library of Philadelphia is inviting you and your family to “An Afternoon with Martin Luther King Jr.”, an introduction to Dr. King’s life work through readings, arts and crafts.
Thousands of never-before-seen documents will be accessible online on Monday, January 16
"These five people are the type of people that Dr. King referenced... They have that foundation of love," Sullivan said. "Tonight we put our best foot forward to celebrate them."
Thursday's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Peacemaker Celebration, co-chaired by Bill Hedlund and Sunny Shaw, awarded Ruth Powell, Arthur Dalton, Thomas Corcoran and Gail and Robert Fraser for their many decades of service. Each was praised by friends and colleagues, who shared stories both amusing and poignant. The Braintree High School Show Choir bookended the event with the National Anthem and performances of The Peace Song and Let There Be Peace on Earth.
“Dr. King was a tireless champion of equality and inclusiveness. We are proud and honored to contribute our technologies and know-how to bring his legacy to life for the digital, connected world of today and tomorrow,” said John T. Stankey, President & CEO, AT&T Business Solutions.
“EMC is proud to be a Philanthropic Technology Provider to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center’s digital archiving project. By digitizing Dr. King’s words on human dignity, equality and non-violence, future generations will have greater chances to be inspired by his courage and appreciate the ways he shaped our history and society,” said Joe Tucci, Chairman  & CEO, EMC.
January 12, 2012 – JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM), working in partnership with AT&T Business Solutions and EMC, along with The King Center, today announced that The King Center Imaging Project’s website – – will go live on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The King Center Imaging Project is a digitization effort to preserve and make publicly available the tens of thousands of documents from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other key figures and organizations from the Civil Rights Movement housed at The King Center. As of Monday, January 16, this unprecedented effort will be showcased on The King Center’s website, which was completely redesigned by JPMorgan Chase.
The King Center Imaging Project pairs JPMorgan Chase’s technology expertise with The King Center Archive to preserve and share Dr. King’s works in a new more accessible way. JPMorgan Chase, through its Technology for Social Good program, committed its technology expertise to digitize more than one million pieces of history related to Dr. King. AT&T and EMC Corporation donated advisory support as well as technology solutions and services, including AT&T Synaptic Storage as a ServiceSM, powered by EMC Atmos cloud-enabled storage. This on-demand storage service enables The King Center to store, manage and make available unprecedented online global access to its digitized archive from any location, anytime, using any Web-enabled device.
At the event, held this Saturday, January 14, kids will have the opportunity to learn about the late Dr. King’s iconic place in the history of the civil rights movement and how, in 1964, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Also being held in honor of MLK Day this year will be a free concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra, service opportunities at the National Constitution Center and family programming at the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Franklin Institute.
For a full calendar of all the great events and classes taking place at the Free Library of Philadelphia, check here.
“An Afternoon with Martin Luther King Jr.” at the Free Library of Philadelphia

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