A TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Martin Luther King Photographic Tribute

MLK - A Poem

 

"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as 'right to work'. It provides no rights and no work. It's purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining. We demand this fraud be stopped".   

 

Feel inspired to empower new leaders in your local union: Read Dr. Kingís speeches to labor.  

Michael King, later known as Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. King graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. in 1948. In September, 1954 Dr. King moved to Montgomery, Alabama to preach at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. In  1960, King left for Atlanta to pastor his father's church, Ebenezer Baptist Church. In April, 1963 King was arrested after demonstrating in defiance of a court order. 

During his jail time, Dr. King wrote one of his now famous letters which became a well read classic of the civil-rights movement: Letter From Birmingham Jail.

On August 28, 1963 250,000 civil-rights supporters attended the March on Washington. At the Lincoln Memorial, King delivered one of his famous  speeches: I Have A Dream.  

On March 28, 1968, Dr. King led a march of six thousand protesters in support of AFSCME Striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. The march descended into violence and looting, and King was rushed from the scene. On April 3, King returned to Memphis, determined to lead a peaceful march. During an evening rally at Mason Temple in Memphis, King delivered his final speech. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot and killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. January 28th, 1986 was the first national celebration of King's birthday as a holiday: Iíve Been To The Mountaintop.

 

The King Center: The official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of King. Founded by Coretta Scott King.

The Seattle Times: Few have had as much impact upon the American consciousness as the late civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, as we mark the 74th anniversary of King's birth, we hope you will join us to celebrate and discuss the vision and legacy of the man.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University: Martin Luther King. Jr. committed his life to the resolution of social problems and international conflict through nonviolent means. This project remains dedicated to that philosophy.

Bound To Love: Martin Luther King, Jr was a man of destiny, an apostle of peace who had risen to the lofty heights of spiritual awareness, a towering hero and historical role model whose mission in life was to serve others, one of only a few genuine prophets produced by Western Civilization.

The War Over King's Legacy: On the eve of his murder, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream was turning dark. Worried about poverty and Vietnam, he was growing more radical--and that, his family says, is why he was killed. Was the real King a saint, a subversive--or both?

National Park Service - Historic site - MLK: Just past noon on January 15, 1929, a son was born to the Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King in an upstairs bedroom of 501 Auburn Avenue, in Atlanta, Georgia. The couple named their first son after Rev. King, but he was simply called "M.L." by the family.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day On the Net - A Celebration of the Man and the Holiday: 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. we've got stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. So bring your kids and tell your friends.

To realize the beloved community that Dr. King envisioned, please consider observing the holiday by offering a day of service to your community.