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11 Little Known Facts About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 11 Little Known Facts About MLK

  1. MLK loved Star Trek
  2. MLK entered Morehouse College at age 15
  3. MLK earned his doctorate by age 25
  4. MLK was posthumously awarded a grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording in 1971 for his speech, “Why I Oppose The Vietnam War”.
  5. The March on Washington was actually his second, ‘I Have A Dream Speech”. First speech was made in Detroit in June, 1963.
  6. MLK felt the hostility demonstrated towards him in Chicago was deeper than what he received from states in the south such as Mississippi and Alabama.

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Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis Has Navy Ship Named In His Honor

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Rep. John Lewis (right) and U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Maybus

 On January 6, Rep. John Lewis (1940 – ) of Georgia had a Navy ship named in his honor; “USNS John Lewis”. The ship, yet to be built, will be part of the next generation fleet of naval replenishment ships. Other ships in the fleet will also be named after civil rights activists. Continue reading “Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis Has Navy Ship Named In His Honor”

Children’s Books About The Civil Rights Movement

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There are many great books for children and youth about the civil rights movement!Click the link below to view some suggestions!

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“People Always Say That I Didn’t Give Up My Seat Because I Was Tired But That Isn’t True…No, The Only Tired I Was, Was Tired Of Giving In” -Rosa Parks

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Samuel L. Jackson: More Than Just An Actor!

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Did you know that actor Samuel L. Jackson was active in the civil rights movement?

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Prathia Hall: Where MLK First Heard “I Have A Dream”

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Prathia Hall

In 1962 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was visiting Terrell County, Georgia to speak at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. The church had recently been burned down by the Klu Klux Klan. As part of the service Prathia Hall, a young college student, who was volunteer with SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) was invited to pray. Hall was the daughter of Rev. Berkeley Hall, a Baptist minister and was known for her oratory skills. Through her prayer, she shared her personal vision of what she hoped for the future of Black Americans. In her prayer, she used the phrase, “I Have A Dream” many times. Dr. King was very impressed with Prathia’s prayer. In particular, he admired her use of the phrase, “I Have A Dream”. As ministers often do, King would later incorporate “I Have A Dream” into some of his own speeches. By late 1962, the phrase was reported to have been a regular part of King’s sermons. The phrase also became popular due to its use during 2 historic 1963 civil rights marches by Dr. King; “Walk To Freedom” march in Detroit and the “March on Washington” in Washington DC.

Prathia Hill grew up in Philadelphia. Her father, Reverend Berkeley Hall, was a passionate advocate for racial justice. She left her college studies at Temple University to join other college students who were traveling to the south to advocate for civil rights there. Prathia was active in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She eventually became one its first women field leaders in southwest Georgia. Prathia would later go on to become a preacher, and pastor. After her father’s death, Prathia accepted the call of Mount Sharon Baptist Church in Philadelphia to come and pastor the church her father once pastored. Prathia later enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary and received a Ph.D in ethics. Prathia Hall died on August 12, 2002, following a long illness.

Of Prathia Hill, Dr. King is quoted as saying, “Prathia Hall is the one platform speaker I would prefer not to follow”.

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