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Martin Luther King ,Jr., A Founding Father of the Nation by Van Caldwell
January 19, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
We know about the original founding fathers. A nation, however, like any healthy, thriving organization/organism, must be re-founded and re-created over and over. The contributions of some are so important that they deserve the title of Founding Father/Mother of the nation. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a founding father along with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and others.
Because of time and circumstances, most of us are not likely to make the kind of contribution made by MLK, Jr.; there is still much work to be done and we are all, for better or worse, citizen co-creators of the nation by and through the things we do in the routine of everyday lives, in our small and larger communities, we fulfill our obligation as citizen co-creators of the nation.
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Revolutions are not won by a few. It take hundreds, thousands. The civil right revolution that picked up steam in the mid to late 1950s is no different. There are many who deserve the title founding father/mother and many co-creators that I hope will be honored as such someday, especially with the construction of the African American History Museum. Many are unknown, some gave their lives, they are the unknown soldiers of the civil and human right revolution that has set an example for those who oppose oppression and seek freedom and dignity around the world. I will talk about some of them and other lessons we have learned from Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contemporary the late Nelson Mandela.
A youth bell choir will be led by Daniel Whalen to ring out African American spirituals.
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