We have some fun plans for today -- a day at the mall with friends. It's not REALLY my ideal for a day off - I mean, I'd rather go to a museum or try a new restaurant - (we'll be eating at the food court), but the company IS ideal.
We'll be meeting up with barn friends and their mom and grandma and we ALWAYS have fun together! I'm thinking while the food court doesn't thrill me, Baked by Melissa does!! I've already told the kiddies that a visit to the mini cupcake kiosk is on the agenda for today!!
Trio of mini cupcakes from our last visit to the mall (c)travelincousins.com
Today we celebrate a great American - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the contributions he made to America and the civil rights movement.
Tanya and I decided to divide and conquer on this great American.
I'll be sharing facts and information about Dr. King's history and life, while Tanya will bringing things back to the travel perspective, chatting about his birthplace, Atlanta, Georgia, the Martin Luther King National Historic Site in Atlanta and his memorial in Washington, D.C.
So, let's get started...
17 Facts About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (credit: biography.com)
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia.
2. He was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.
3. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
4. His name was originally Michael, not Martin. His father was also Michael King, and therefore, originally named Michael King Jr. However, after a trip to Germany in 1931, Michael King Sr. changed his own name in homage to historic German theologian Martin Luther and in turn, changed his two-year old son's name as well.
5. Martin Luther King Jr. was nearly assassinated a decade earlier than his ultimate death by Izola Ware Curry who asked him if he was Martin Luther King Jr., who stabbed him in the chest. Fortunately, the blade just missed his aorta and he survived after a 3-hour surgery to remove it.
6. Dr. King skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered Moorehouse College at the age of 15 in 1944.
7. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the age of 19.
8. Martin Luther King Jr had serious doubts about Christianity and the Bible after graduating college and told his father (who was a Baptist minister, as his grandfather had also been) that he didn’t want to be a minister and instead was considering becoming a doctor or a lawyer.
9. Upon realizing that the Bible had “many profound truths which one cannot escape," he chose to become a minister, entering seminary at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and graduated with his PhD at the age of 25.
10. King received a C in public speaking in his first year at seminary, but went on to be one of the greatest public speakers of all time.
11. Martin Luther King Jr. had straight A’s in seminary and was the valedictorian of his class, and the student body president.
12. King is to date the youngest male to win a Nobel Peace Prize, winning it in 1964 at the age of 35 (at the time he was the youngest overall for the Peace Prize). The youngest ever to win the Peace prize today is Malala Yousafzai who won it in 2014 at the age of 17.
13. He donated all of the $54,123 (about $400,000 today) that he received for his Nobel Peace Prize to the Civil Rights movement. During his acceptance speech, he stated “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.”
14. His mother was also murdered while playing the organ in church in Atlanta in 1974 by a 23 year old man, Marcus Wayne Chenault, who believed “all Christians are my enemies” shot and killed Mrs. King.
15. His “I Have a Dream” speech made him a target with certain people in the general public, as well as with the FBI. This was a memo circulated throughout the FBI offices after the speech:
In the light of King’s powerful demagogic speech yesterday he stands heads and shoulders over all other Negro leaders put together when it comes to influencing great masses of Negros. We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.
16. There are only two other people in American history that have a national holiday in their honor, George Washington and Christopher Columbus. As such, Martin Luther King Jr. is the only native born United States citizen to have a national holiday in his honor. 17. Today over 700 streets in the Unites States are named after Martin Luther King Jr., with one such street in almost every major city. This is not even counting the amazing number of buildings, schools, and the like named after him.
PLEASE READ ALL THE WONDERFUL QUOTES BY THIS GREAT AMERICAN ON TANYA'S BLOG TODAY!
Well, I'm off to start my day with my girls.
I'll be sure to take lots of pictures of our shopping adventures.
Tomorrow we celebrate, yet, another great American, with Ben Franklin Day! Don't miss our coverage of all things Ben Franklin including key travel destinations that celebrate this inventor and statesman.
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In his words..
Welcome back and welcome to a new week.
Today is Monday, it's Martin Luther King Jr Day and we are heading to Disney's California Adventure Park in Anaheim, CA
The kids are excited as ever about the fun we are about to have and not only that, but they will also be performing on stage for Disney with the International Peace Choir.
Performing at Disneyland in Aug 2016 (c)travelincousins.com
It's sure to be a fun-tab-ulous day and to make it even better, Liz and Mika will also be joining in on the fun!
Mika being her silly self! (c)travelincousins.com
Although we were just at California Adventure last August, and both Mika and Liz have annual passes to the Disney parks - the last time that we were actually at the park together was waaaaay back in 2009 and she was just a wee little baby.
The IPC at Disneyland in 2009 (c)travelincousins.com
The International Peace Choir happens to embraces a vision of worldwide peace and along with a number of other heartfelt numbers, their theme sone “Let there Be Peace On Earth” is a beautiful reminder that it really does begin with each and every one of us!
Along with the IPC (International Peace Choir) the kids and I have taken a number of trips/journeys; 2 of them actually involved Martin Luther King and the most recent being in April 2014 when we took a trip to our countries capital - Washington DC and amongst the many wonderful sites we visited was The Martin Luther King Memorial...
MLK Memorial (c)travelincousins.com
The MLK Memorial (c)travelincousins.com
Another very memorable and touching trip was to Atlanta, Georgia - Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth and final resting place...
The international Peace Choir standing in front of the Reflecting pool at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site - circa 2005 (c)travelincousins.com
Martin Luther King Jr. final resting place (c)travelincousins.com
And now let me share with you my TOP 10 quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"There comes a time when silence is betrayal."
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"
"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."
His words were and still are wise and powerful!
I wish you a wonderful day!
We are heading out now to the Happiest Place on Earth! -T