Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was the son of Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King.  He had an older sister (Willie Christine) and a younger brother (Alfred Daniel).

Dr. King married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953.  The wedding was held on the lawn of Coretta’s parents with the ceremony performed by Dr. King’s father.

The Kings had four children:

Yolanda Denise (b.1955),  Martin Luther III (b.1957),  

Dexter Scott (b. 1961),  Bernice Albertine (b. 1963)

All four children followed in their parents footsteps and became civil rights activists.

Martin Luther King was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement.  A Baptist minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his career leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Rosa Parks) and helping to found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, raising public consciousness of the civil rights movement and establishing King as one of the greatest orators in American history.  In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. (more…)

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Boom! Voices of the Sixties by Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw’s Book “Boom”

LIFE Magazine captured the 1960s as they happened.  Boom!, by Tom Brokaw is an epic portrait of the tumultuous Sixties, a fault line in American history. The voices and stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens come together as Brokaw takes us on a memorable journey through a remarkable time, exploring how individual lives and the national mindset were affected by a controversial era and showing how the aftershocks of the Sixties continue to resound in our lives today. In the reflections of a generation, Brokaw also discovers lessons that might guide us in the years ahead.Boom! One minute it was Ike and the man in the grey flannel suit, and the next minute it was time to “turn on, tune in, drop out.” While Americans were walking on the moon, Americans were dying in Vietnam. Nothing was beyond question, and there were far fewer answers than before.Published as the fortieth anniversary of 1968 approaches, Boom! gives us what Brokaw sees as a virtual reunion of some members of “the class of ’68,” offering wise and moving reflections and frank personal remembrances about people’s lives during a time of high ideals and profound social, political, and individual change. What were the gains, what were the losses? Who were the winners, who were the losers? As they look back decades later, what do members of the Sixties generation think really mattered in that tumultuous time, and what will have meaning going forward? Race, war, politics, feminism, popular culture, and music are all explored here, and we learn from a wide range of people about their lives. Tom Brokaw explores how members of this generation have gone on to bring activism and a Sixties mindset into individual entrepreneurship today. We hear stories of how this formative decade has led to a recalibrated perspective–on business, the environment, politics, family, our national existence.Remarkable in its insights, profoundly moving, wonderfully written and reported, this revealing portrait of a generation and of an era, and of the impact of the 1960s on our lives today, lets us be present at this reunion ourselves, and join in these frank conversations about America then, now, and tomorrow.

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Pearl Harbor

The Doomed Arizona

War

JAPAN LAUNCHES RECKLESS ATTACK ON U. S IN A DESPERATE GAMBLE ON VICTORY OR SUICIDE, IT STRIKES FIRST BLOW AT HAWAII

This was the headline for the article that appeared on December 15, 1941 in LIFE magazine. As we approach the 66th anniversary of what was called by President Roose­velt a “Date that will live in infamy” we feel compelled to remind people of this event and to bring a renewed sense of what this country has been through in the past and what it is facing today in the constant battle for freedom.

 

As the article goes on to say “Out of the Pacific skies last week World War II came with startling suddenness to America. It was 7:35 a.m. on a Sunday morning the aggressors’ favorite day—when two Japanese planes, wearing on their wings the Rising Sun of Japan, flew out of the western sky over the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Japan had seized the initiative and was making the most of the aggressor’s privilege to strike the first blow. With reckless daring Japan aimed this blow at the citadel of American power in the Pacific, the great naval fortress of Pearl Harbor. Close observers of Japan have said for years that if that country ever found itself in a hopeless corner it was capable of committing national hara-kiri by flinging itself at the throat of its mightiest enemy. Japan has found itself in just such a corner. It could not retreat without losing all and it could not ad­vance another step without war”. (more…)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963

John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born at 83 Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts on Tuesday, May 29, 1917, at 3:00 p.m., the second son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and Rose Fitzgerald.

 Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on September 12, 1953 in Newport. Rhode Island.  One guest said “It was just like the coronation.”John F. Kennedy had 2 children that survived infancy. Caroline was born in 1957 and John Jr. was born in 1960, just a few weeks after his father was elected.  John died in 1999. Caroline is currently the only surviving member of JFK’s immediate family.After Kennedy’s leadership as commander of the USS PT-109 during World War II in the South Pacific, his aspirations turned political. Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat, and in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1961. Kennedy defeated former Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election, one of the closest in American history. To date, he is the only practicing Roman Catholic to be elected President and the only President to have won a Pulitzer Prize.  His administration witnessed the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the American Civil Rights Movement and early events of the Vietnam War.   John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.  (more…)

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Grace Kelly

November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982

Grace Kelly 

  America’s very own Princess, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she grew up in the East Falls section, the third of four children to John Brendan Kelly, Sr., also known as Jack Kelly, and Margaret Katherine Majer Kelly.

Grace, having appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine a total of four times from 1954 – 1961, she first appeared on April 26, 1954 being listed as Hollywood’s Brightest and Busiest new star. LIFE continued to cover her from starlet to Princess as she moved from actress to the wife of Prince Rainer of Monaco. (more…)

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