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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. is Memory of 'American Icon'

The great Martin Luther King, Jr. helped turned the tides of history never be altered, but their strength lies in how his wisdom continues to resonate to this day, always giving us a dream against which to measure reality and one to continue fighting for.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... The chain reaction of evil -- hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Strength To Love, 1963.
Fly your flag today, in honor of our nation, and in honor of our nation’s honoring the memory and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

U.S. law encourages Americans to fly the U.S. flag on holidays and a few other occasions. Congress set aside the third Monday in January as a holiday to commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
To honor Dr. King, for several years civil rights leaders and others have urged us to find some way to serve our communities on this day — Americans have done it long enough to make it a tradition. Here’s the official find-a-way-to-serve page from the the federal government; look out your window, go spend a few minutes at your city hall, post office, or at the biggest church in town, or walk into any middle school in America, and opportunities to serve will caress you at every turn.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
The memorial in Washington, D.C.. For the national historic site in Atlanta, Georgia, see Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall
The memorial is America's 395th national park The monumental memorial is located at the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, on a sightline linking the Lincoln Memorial to the northwest and the Jefferson Memorial to the southeast. Covering four acres, the memorial opened to the public on August 22, 2011, after more than two decades of planning, fund-raising and construction.
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 is often presented as a heroic leader in the history of modern American liberalism.He was born January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968
Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Stride toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958
Fly your flag today, in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor in America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.
Corcoran took to the lectern after Rounseville, joking about being the receipt of a Peacemaker award. "Everyone in town knows I start more arguments than anyone," he said.
Whitman and earned a chemistry degree before meeting her husband while working at MIT, has lived an out-sized life, Weinberg said, traveling the globe before settling in Braintree and putting her energy and intellect to use in such varied settings as the Braintree Choral Society, the Fair Housing Committee and the board of the Visiting Nurses Association.
Her support has also extended to the Braintree Historical Society, Friends of Thayer Public Library and activities beyond the town, along with her stories and sense of humor. "She has had a very rich and productive life," Weinberg said.
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.
Michael King, Sr. stepped in a pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church upon the death of his father-in-law in 1931. He too became a very successful minister and adopted the name Martin Luther King, Sr. in honor of the German Protestant religious leader Martin Luther. In due time, Michael, Jr. would follow his dad’s lead and adopt the name himself.
Earlier this winter, for instance, Corcoran dressed up as Santa to charm local kids during Braintree's tree lighting ceremony. He has also served Town Meeting, the Board of Health and the Town Study Committee.
Love and generosity, Mulvey said, are both about commitment, and the Frasers illustrate "love in action."


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