Did you know that today is Ratification Day? It’s the anniversary of the day the American Revolution ended (January 14, 1784) with the ratification of the Treaty of Paris in the Maryland State House. The Treaty was signed in Paris, France the year before on September 3, 1783.
Hoping that peace will once again reign in Paris, and bring its blessings to all of us.
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Barbara J. Feldman
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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader. In November 1983, President Reagan signed legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, making it the third national holiday born in the twentieth century. The first was Veterans Day, created as a “prayer for peace” in 1926. Memorial Day came second in 1948. In 1956, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Honor King’s memory with this online expedition into his life and achievements.
History: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King “was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.” Visit for articles, video, speeches and pictures about Dr. King’s life and causes.
The King Center
“Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States.” The King Center, created in 1968 by King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, is dedicated to the advancement of King’s nonviolent ideals. Best clicks can be found listed under About (About Dr. King, About Mrs. King), Learn (Nonviolence Education, Nonviolence Glossary) and Dreams (View Dreams, Add a Dream).
MLK Day of Service
“Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. Make it a day ON. Not a day OFF.” King was a big proponent of people from all walks of life coming together to improve their community. This site encourages community service, with tips on finding an existing opportunity or starting your own. Learn how to start a MLK Day of Service project from scratch, with a downloadable toolkit that includes tips on publicity, recruiting, and volunteer management. Look for the link to the Toolkits under the headline Plan.
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Quote of the Week
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” ~~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~~ (January 15, 1929–April 4, 1968) African-American civil rights leader. Click here for more quotes.
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