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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