Today, January 18th is observed as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day throughout the United States of America. In commemoration of this important day, this Examiner decided to provide a brief list of books that she has read or are currently part of her reading list. These books are either about Dr. King directly, the oppression that African Americans have faced throughout history, or about other aspects of the Civil Rights Movement.
King’s Dream – Eric J. Sundquist – a book of essays exploring the events, thoughts, and feelings surrounding Dr. King’s timeless and groundbreaking “I have a dream” speech.
Jubilee – Margaret Walker – This book is the story of Ms. Walker’s maternal great-grandmother, Margaret Duggans Ware Brown. She was born as the result of the rape of her mother by a white plantation owner. The book is the story of her great-grandmother, but it is told through the eyes of the fictional slave woman, Vyry. It traces her life before and during The Civil War, during Reconstruction, and the segregation and hardships that persisted even though African Americans were supposed to be free.
Roots: The Saga of an American Family- Alex Haley – Mr. Haley traces his family roots back to Gambia , West Africa starting when his great, great, great, great, great grandfather was kidnapped and enslaved in Colonial America. It chronicles the generations after him including their struggles during and after slavery.
Narrative of Sojourner Truth – Edited by Nell Irvin Painter – Born Isabella Baumfree, Ms. Truth’s amazing life is chronicled from her life as a slave, how she was finally able to obtain her freedom; how she became Sojourner Truth; and her public ministry and fight for both civil rights and women’s rights.
Also, no list would be complete without a link to Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. Please go to http://www.mlkonline.net/dream.html for both the audio and the text.
How do we stop and prevent prejudice and discrimination? Education. If you decide to use the resources above, great. If you do not, find other ways to educate yourself and others. Education brings people together and helps stamp out ignorance. Dr. King knew this.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King!!
Hey, Cleveland!! Here are just some of the events commemorating Dr. King’s birthday courtesy of www.wkyc.com.
From 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., there’s “An Afternoon of Celebration and Community” featuring Jewish and African American music and a project for the needy at the Park Synagogue main campus, 3300 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights.
At 2 p.m. in Mentor, there will be a showing of “A New Time, A New Voice” at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Avenue. The film is free with the regular $5 admission.
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood, is offering free admission. There will be special programs where you can celebrate American freedoms with music, stories and special tours honoring those who have overcome prejudice and discrimination.
The Maltz museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the tours are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in downtown Cleveland will have free admission and is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a celebration of community spirit and civic pride. There will be performances from noon to 4 p.m., including the gospel group The Mighty Clouds of Joy.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+) and $13 for youth (9-12).
The Ice Rink at Falls River Square in Cuyahoga Falls will be open noon to 8 p.m. and always has free admission. For more information, go to the City of Cuyahoga Falls website or call (330) 971-8135.
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