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Library News: Dreaming of MLK

Those who love peace

must learn to organize

as effectively

as those who love war.

Dear ISD Community,

With this week’s Jag Journal, challenge yourself to test your own knowledge of a man that the world celebrates on the third Monday of every January: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Yes, the world celebrates this man of magnitude, not just Americans. The list of questions and your ability to answer or not answer them may shock you. Do you possess a broad knowledge of MLK, or do you think you have some serious depth of knowledge regarding a man renowned the world over for his civil rights activism?

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear annihilation. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Around this planet, people are familiar with this man’s name. City streets are named after him. Indeed, if you look on Google maps, you’ll find that even Dakar has a street named after him: Boulevard Martin Luther King. There, you can find the Japanese Embassy.

Expressways, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, federal buildings, libraries, water parks, hospitals, and streets proclaim MLK’s name to their respective communities. Even a forest in Israel is named after him. Countries all over the globe raise monuments in his memory. Mexico City has placed a statue in the middle of a charming garden with an inspirational quotation engraved on the platform:

“Alguien debe tener el suficiente valor

y la suficiente moral

para romper las cadenas del odio.”

MLK looms large in our collective consciousness, and we easily associate pursuit of justice with the man and his legacy.

But this week, truly challenge yourself. Reflect on the depth of knowledge you possess about the man, the father, the dreamer, and his activism:

What year was MLK born?

Can you name three speeches written by MLK?

From which university did MLK graduate?

What was MLK’s area of study at university?

In which year did MLK win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Which movements and protests did he lead?

What was the outcome of those movements and protests?

To what degree did MLK’s activism influence the voting rights act in America?

Resources For Your Convenience:

The King Center on Twitter:

Be a King on Twitter:

Stanford: Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute:

Come to the Gëstu Waay Library for book resources that are on display.

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