Sunday, January 14, 2007

Two Ways to Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools."—Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can see me on the right hand side of the reflecting pool. It's a day I'll never forget. It was August and the sun beat down on us. Speakers droned on. I was young and it was hard to stay focused. But when Rev. King spoke, we hushed. We knew he was making history.

Here are two resources I hope you'll take advantage of, and pass along to others.

FREE - Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - offers this special collection of photos, documents, and original recordings of Rev. King's major speeches. Click on History and Politics Outloud to listen to any of his speeches.

I received this invitation from The Teaching Company and I pass it along to you. Their lectures always teach me something, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Join Professor Dalton on this intriguing examination of Dr. King's personal quest for freedom. You'll explore how this courageous Baptist minister interpreted Christ's concern for spiritual freedom and applied the nonviolent teachings of Christ and Mahatma Gandhi to race relations in the United States in the 1960s. Hear how Dr. King also developed the connection between freedom and justice that ultimately inspired history-making events such as the Montgomery bus boycott and Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on a public, segregated bus. These events, and others that Dr. King inspired, paved the way for the U.S. Supreme Court's decision declaring Alabama's—and thus the nation's—segregation laws unconstitutional.

Access your free lecture online between now and Wednesday, February 28, 2007. Please feel free to send the link to the lecture to friends who might also enjoy it. It is free for them as well.

Enjoy The Teaching Company Free Lecture

I hope you'll join me in spending some time reflecting on the principles and practices that Dr. King stood for.

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