Monday, January 21, 2013
There were several highlights during the inauguration ceremony. Tell us what you found to be most memorable.
President Barack Obama was sworn in today for a second term in office. The day was historic in that Obama is one of just a handful of men who have been re-elected to lead the United States. But also that his swearing in fell on the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday and in the 50th anniversary year of King's March on Washington to deliver the "I Have a Dream" speech. Today's festivities included a 19-minute speech from the president in which he gave a shout out to southeast Michigan when he said, "Our journey is not complete until all our children from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherised, and always safe from harm." It also included …
As the nation recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, here's a look at the civil rights leader's Michigan connections.
Today there will be celebrations to recognize the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He left his mark during his lifetime as a civil rights activist, including a couple stops in the Detroit area. 1. Original Dream Speech - King first delievered the "I have a Dream" speech to a crowd of 150,000 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, two months before the famous rendention in during the March on Washington in 1963. 2. Historical Recording - The original version of the "Dream" speech was recorded by Gordy Records, a subsidiary of Motown Records in Detroit. 3. Rosa Parks Bus - When she refused to give up her seat to a white person on a public bus in 1955, Rosa Parks, a tired black seamstress, sparked the civil rights movement that King led. That bus …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Projects in Oakland and around the region are part of National Day of Service next Monday.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Alan Stamm
Friday, January 13, 2012
Just two weeks into the year, you can make an impact in your community. Volunteer events around Oakland County on Sunday and Monday are part of a National Day of Service marking what would have been the 83rd birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. On a day when schools, government offices, courts, libraries and post offices are closed, students, families and others will work at charities, parks, churches and neighborhood centers to honor the slain civil rights leader meaningfully. Projects are scheduled in Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Pontiac and elsewhere. A partial list is below. These opportunities are part of United We Serve, an ongoing White House initiative. "America's new foundation will be built one community at a time…