|Greatness means touching
people from afar
Power is the ability to move people with ideas
Acceptance is seeing the world for what it is
Courage is seeing the world for what it can be
Visionaries share the path to a brighter day
Legacies are built on that path
So many dreams, so much hope, so much to share
All the different ways great people touch my life
I remember Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. King gave his life for
what he believed in such as: Equality, Peace and Jobs and it
is very disturbing to see his birthday celebrated in fun
rather than organizing and marching to bring attention to the
injustice in the LEGAL system, increased in poverty amongst
blacks and the poor, racism in education, employment and
housing. Everyone of us (black, brown and white females) has
benefited from the leadership of Dr. king and has givened so
little in return. Just remember " WHAT LIES BEHIND US AND WHAT
LIES BEFORE US ARE SMALL MATTERS COMPARE TO WHAT LIES WITHIN
Dr. King's life on this
earth may have ended, but his dream continues to uplift and
inspire. He not only brought hope to the Black race, but to
all of humanity, the whole human race! His great oration,
"I've got a dream" will echo throughout the earth for all
As an eternal optimist, I
do believe dreams come true. Dr. King's dream has the power of
God's Love behind it. Let's all believe it. Let each of us add
our own personal power to his dream. Let us each do our part
to make this dream come true.
In God's love,
~Rev. Abraham Rose
His Rose Ministry of Love, Truth, and Beauty
Dr. King said “ We are
caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a
single garment of destiny.” We must recognize that these words
are no less true today. It’s not enough to redesign Allied
Drive, we must design a vision for our city, county, state and
country that addresses the larger issue of poverty, affordable
housing, employment and fair wages, racial disparities in
incarceration, employment, wage earnings and education.
Dr. King suggested that
“there are some things in our social system to which all of us
ought to be maladjusted.” We must call on our leaders,
elected, appointed, regardless of party, or any other label,
to join us in our maladjustment to discrimination and
injustice. To join us in our call for healthcare for all
people, fair employment practices, forgiveness toward those
who have made mistakes, paid their sentence and are trying to
rebuild their lives and valuing all children enough to insure
that they are healthy, safe and well educated, and offered the
same opportunities in life.
While it may be true that
we have made progress, it’s not enough. I doubt that we, as
individuals, would be satisfied with mere progress toward
treating an illness or disease that we were personally
experiencing, we would want it cured. So it is with the social
diseases of poverty, racism, greed. We cannot be satisfied
with mere progress, we must continue working toward a cure. We
have to acknowledge that these ills exist, both within society
and within ourselves, especially those of us who grew up with
white privilege and in a home where our basic needs were met
and we had a place to call home.
His legacy is one of hope
and justice. His life and work lives on in these struggles and
the only real way to honor his life, legacy and work is to
continue that work.
We at Madison-area Urban
Ministry give thanks for Dr. King’s life, his work and his
faith both in God and in humanity.
We remember Martin spoke
out, saying --he had a dream-- that one day little children of
all colors would play together, without thinking the color of
anyone was really that different, or better than any other
color. We still have to continue to strive to make this dream
come true. His dream is now our dream, to realize in our
Our special challenge in
these times is to show kindness and tolerance toward new
immigrants. We all came here from somewhere else. This land is
our adopted home. America has always been a land of
opportunity. It is a place to grow up and have a better life.
Our new immigrants have a common dream of a better home for
their families, and a better chance for their children. We
need to always remember that once, we were the new people in
this place. We came here seeking a better life for our
families too. We were forever greatful to those who helped us
along our way. Just like us, they may have not have the option
of returning to their place of origin. We cannot cure or fix
the serious troubles that drive people out of far off lands,
but we do have the power to extend kindness and acceptance to
the newcomers wishing to become part of this community.
There will soon be a new
challenge in our future. Refugees by the hundreds of thousands
are currently fleeing the fighting in Iraq and filling into
urban areas in nearby lands. This is already creating a human
crisis which will soon become intolerable. Humanity will
require that soon the United States will be receiving some
thousands of these refugees into this country. We need to
prepare ourselves to accept them with respect and kindness,
because they are really just people, people just like us.
~ Ken Coffeen and Sharon
One of Dr. King's most insightful observations, which I often share with
students and faculty, is: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he
stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and
controversy." Many of our students have overcome tremendous challenges but
they are inspired by the knowledge that education is the most powerful vehicle
we have to live Dr. King's dream of overcoming inequality. His
legacy is renewed every day by those who pass through the doors he helped open to
make the promise of economic and social justice real for everyone.
~Dr. Bettsey L. Barhorst,
Madison Area Technical College
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Topic: The life of Dr. Martin Luther King and
his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's
Library Subject Headings (to search library catalog,
can also be used as keywords for Internet searches):
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
- Martin Luther King Day
- Civil rights
- Civil Rights Movement
- Civil rights workers
- Race Relations
- African Americans
- African Americans -- Civil rights
Dewey Decimal Numbers (to browse materials on a
- 303.48 (Causes of social change)
- 323 (Civil and political rights)
- 323.4 (Specific civil rights)
- 920 or 921 Kin or King (Biographies)
- 973.92 (United States History)
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Writings by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Martin Luther King Treasury [child/young adult]. Yonkers, NY: Educational
I've Been to the Mountaintop San Francisco, CA: Harper San
The Measure of A Man [child/young adult].
Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988.
The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Clayborne Carson, ed.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.
The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Word that Moved America. Richard Lischer, ed. [child/young adult]. New York: Oxford University
Strength to Love. New York: Harper & Row, 1963.
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York:
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King,
Jr. James Melvin Washington, ed. San Francisco: Harper &
The Trumpet of Conscience [child/young adult].
New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Boston: Beacon Press, 1968.
Why We Can't Wait. New York: Harper & Row, 1964.
Crompton, Samuel Williard. 2001, 100 Spiritual
Leaders Who Shaped World History. Bluewood Books.
Hamilton, Neil A. 2002 American Social Leaders and
Activists. Facts on Files.
Pendergast, Tom, 2005, The Sixties in America,
Biographies. UXL, Thomson/Gale.
Books about Martin Luther King
1992, I Have A Dream: Writing & Speeches That Changed The World. Edited by James Melville Washington. San Francisco: Harper & Row.
1993, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion: Quotations from the Speeches, Essays, and Books of Martin Luther King, Jr. Selected by Coretta Scott King; introduced by Dexter Scott King. New York: St. Martins Press.
1993, The March on Washington [child/young adult]. New York: Harper Collins.
Baldwin, Lewis V. 1991, There is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr..
Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Blythe, Robert W., Maureen A. Carroll, and Steven H.
1994, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: Historic Resources Study.
Atlanta: Cultural Resources Planning Division, Southeast Regional Office, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Branch, Taylor. 1988, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963.
New York: Simon & Schuster.
Carson, Claybourne. 2010,
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. Beacon Press.
Carson, Claybourne. 2008.
Becoming King : Martin Luther King, Jr. and the making of a
national leader. Lexington, Ky. : University Press
Darby, Jean. 1990, Martin Luther King, Jr. Lerner
Dyson, M.E.. 2008. April 4,
1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death and how it changed
America . New York : Basic Civitas Book.
Garrow, David. 1986, Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: William Morrow.
Gogerly, Liz. 2004, The Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. [child/young adult].
Hatt, Christine. 2004, Martin Luther King Jr. [child/young adult].
World Almanac Library.
Haskins, James. 1992, I Have a Dream: The Life and Words of Martin Luther King,
Jr. [child/young adult]. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.
Honey, Michael K. 2008.
Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther
King's Last Campaign. W. W. Norton & Company
Hoyt; Robert G. 1970, Martin Luther King, Jr. Country Beautiful Foundation; distributed by Rand McNally.
Isaacs, Sally Senzell. 2000, America in the Time of
Martin Luther King Jr.: 1948-1976 [child/young adult].
Johnson, Charles & Bob Adelman, 2004.
King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1958, Stride Toward Freedom. New York: Harper.
Kotz, Nick. 2005.
Judgment days : Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King,
Jr., and the laws that changed America. Boston :
Lewis, David L. 1978, King: a biography. University of Illinois
McElrath, Jessica. 2008.
The everything Martin Luther King Jr. book : the struggle, the
dream, the legacy. Avon, Mass. : Adams Media,.
Oates, Stephen B. 1983, Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Harper and Row.
Peck, Ira. 1985, The life and words of Martin Luther King,
Jr. [child/young adult] Scholastic.
Pepper, William F. 2008.
An act of state : the execution of Martin Luther King,
New York : Verso, 2008.
Pyatt, Sherman E. 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Greenwood Press.
Quayle, Louise. 1990, Martin Luther King, Jr.: Dreams for
Nations [child/young adult]. New York: Fawcett Columbine.
Schloredt, Valerie. 2003, Martin Luther King Jr.:
Civil Rights Pioneer [child/young adult].
Blachbirch Press, Thomson/Gale.
Selby, Gary, S. 2008.
Martin Luther King and the rhetoric of freedom : the Exodus
narrative in America's struggle for civil rights.
Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press.
Tatek, Eleanora E. 1997, Thank you, Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.! [child/young adult]. Bantam
Doubleday Dell Brooks for Young Readers.
Tucker, Deborah J. and Carolyn A. Davis. 1994, Unstoppable Man: A Bibliography, Martin Luther King,
Jr. Detroit: Wayne State University.
Warren, Dan R. 2008. If
it takes all summer : Martin Luther King, the KKK, and states'
rights in St. Augustine, 1964. Tuscaloosa :
University of Alabama Press.
Watley, William D. 1985, Roots of Resistance: The Nonviolent Ethic of Martin Luther King Jr. Valley Forge: Judson Press.
Woodson, Jacqueline. 1990,
Martin Luther King, Jr., and his birthday [child/young adult].Silver Press, c1990.
Articles about Dr. Martin Luther King
Alvarez, Alexandra. "Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream: The
Speech Event as Metaphor.'" Journal of Black Studies, XVII (March, 1968), p. 337-357.
Baldwin, Lewis V. "A Reassessment of the Relationship
Between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr." Western Journal of Black Studies, XIII (Summer, 1989), p. 103-109.
Banks, Samuel L. "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered: the
Fractured Dream." Journal of Negro History, LXVII (Fall, 1982), p. 195-197.
Bassett, Rodney L . "I Have A Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr., And The Future Of Multicultural
AMERICA." Journal of Psychology & Christianity,
Vol. 24 Issue 2, (Summer 2005), p186-186, 1/3p.
Bennett, Lerone, Jr. "The King Plan for Freedom." Ebony, XI (July, 1956), p. 65-69.
Cummings, Elijah, E.; Rep, D-Md. "40 YEARS LATER... Have We Overcome Yet?"
Ebony, Vol. 58 Issue 10, (August 2003), p166, 2p.
Dikshit, Om. "Impact of Mahatma Gandhi on Martin Luther King, Jr." Negro History Bulletin, XXXVII (February, 1975), p. 342-344.
Ebony. "The KING Nobody Knows." Vol. 59 Issue 3,
(January 2004)p102-110, 6p, 2c, 3bw.
Ebony. "What Would King Do Now?" Vol. 60 Issue
3 (January 2005) p46-50, 4p, 5c; (AN 15352094)
Haines, Andrew W. "Why Law Schools Should Celebrate the
Contribution of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." National Black Law Journal, X (Fall, 1987), p. 224-236.
Jackson, Jesse, Sr. "40 YEARS LATER... Have We Overcome Yet?"
Ebony, Vol. 58 Issue 10, (August 2003), p165, 1/3p.
Killoran, Isabel. "I've Seen The Promised Land: The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr." Childhood Education, Vol. 81 Issue 5, (2005 Annual
Theme) p301-301, 1/6p.
King, Coretta Schott. "40 YEARS LATER... Have We Overcome Yet?"
Ebony, Vol. 58 Issue 10, (August 2003), p164, 3p.
King III, Martin Luther. "'I Have a Dream' 40 Years
Later." Black Collegian, Vol. 34 Issue 2, (February
2004), p84-86, 2p, 1c, 1bw; (AN 16341433)
Lewis, John, Rep, D-Georgia. "40 YEARS LATER... Have We Overcome Yet?"
Ebony, Vol. 58 Issue 10, (August 2003), p165, 3p; (AN 10146568)
Literary Cavalcade. "The Power to Persuade." (January 2005), p. 28.
Nelson, Harold A. "The Re-Education of Sociologists: a Note on the
Impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as Educator." Journal of Human Relations, XVI (1968), p. 514-523.
Newsweek, "King's Final Years." (January 9,
2006) Vol. 147 Issue 2, p42-45, 4p
Ralph, James R., Jr. "Dr. King and the Chicago freedom movement." American Visions, IX (August, 1994), p. 30.
Ralston, Jennifer; Jones, Trevelyn E.; Toth, Luann;
Charnizon, Marlene; Grabarek, Daryl; Raben, Dale.
"Martin Luther King Jr: Dreaming of Equality."
School Library Journal, Vol. 51 Issue 2, (February 2005), p150-150, 1/6p; (AN 16010679)
Rinaldo, Denise. "He Had a Dream."
Junior Scholastic (January 5, 2004), p. 10.
Scholastic Scope. "Letter from Birmingham
jail." (January 10, 2005), p. 14.
School Library Journal, "Martin Luther King, Jr."
Vol. 51, (Spring2005 Supplement), p25-25, 1/9p.
Terrell, Kenneth. "A Dream Remembered."
U.S. News & World Report, Vol. 135 Issue 6, (September 1,
2003), .p14-14, 1/2p, 1bw.
Time. "What If He Were Alive Today?"
(January 9, 2006), Vol. 167 Issue 2, p50-51, 2p, 4c, 4bw.
Turner, Richard Brent. "The Influence of Martin Luther Kind and Malcolm X on Hip Hop."
USA Today Magazine, Vol. 133 Issue 2710, (July 2004) p64-65, 3p,
Zaslow, Jeffrey. "Kids on the Bus: The Overlooked Role Of Teenagers in the Civil Rights Era.'
Wall Street Journal - Eastern Edition, Vol. 246 Issue 101
(11/10/2005), pD1-D1, 1/5p.
White, Jack E. "Killing the Dreamer."
(March 31, 2003), Vol. 161 Issue 13, pA50, 1/3p, 1bw.
Videos about Dr. Martin Luther King
American history for children. African American life. Schlessinger Video Productions, c1996.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a historical perspective.
Xenon Home Video, c1993.
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965.
[A companion volume to the six-part television series.] by
Juan Williams, 1987.
Great Americans, Martin Luther King, Jr. Encyclopaedia Britannical Educational Corp., 1982.
Kids discovering history. Martin Luther King, Jr. American Institute for Education, c1999.
King. MGM Home Entertainment, 2005, c1978.
King, Montgomery to Memphis. Pacific Arts Video, 1988.
Legacy of a dream. MPI Home Video, 1990.
Martin Luther King. "I have a dream." MPI Home Video,
Martin, the emancipator a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King by Gordon, W. C. United Standard Media Corp., c1985.
The speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. MPI Home Video, 1990, c1988.
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