On MLK Day, UTRGV students join Edinburg Juneteenth Committee to clean historic cemetery
EDINBURG — Despite the overnight freezing temperatures, volunteers and city officials worked together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to clean Restlawn Cemetery in what some would consider perfect outdoor weather. Bishop Michael Smith opened the program with a prayer and a few words about MLK Day at 8 a.m.“We thank you, God, for everybody that is participating to beautify this cemetery,” Smith said. “Bless the hands that are working out here, bless everybody that is participating.”Smith’s wife, Sharon Smith, said the Juneteenth Committee decided on cleaning up Restlawn Cemetery as a way to celebrate MLK Day during one of their monthly meetings. Cortina-Matos was looking to get students involved in a community service project, which coincided with Walker-Hernandez’s idea of cleaning up the cemetery. In the 1920s, Dora Walker, who worked as a cook for a board member for Hillcrest Cemetery, which is located next to what today is Restlawn Cemetery, asked her boss if there was a lot where they could bury the dead.myrgv.com
'Trillion!': Harris corrects Biden on size of his already-passed spending plan
Sitting a few feet from President Joe Biden during his speech to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial's 10th anniversary, Vice President Kamala Harris was well-positioned to issue a quick correction when the president needed it.news.yahoo.com
Maine Man Charged with Hate Crime Offenses for Arson of Predominantly Black Church
A Maine man was charged today in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts, in connection with setting the Dec. 28, 2020, fire that destroyed the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Vulchev is currently in state custody and will make an initial appearance in federal court in Springfield at a later date. The government also alleges that Vulchev is also responsible for several other fires set on church property and for a series of tire slashings on church property and in the surrounding area. The additional fires alleged include a fire at the backdoor of the church on Dec. 13, 2020, and two additional fires near the rear door of the church on Dec. 15, 2020. Assistance was provided by Hampden District Attorney’s Office; Berkshire District Attorney’s Office; Springfield Police Department; Springfield Fire Department; Pittsfield Police Department; American International College Police Department; Houlton (Maine) Police Department; and Newington (Conn.) Police Department.justice.gov
With drivers confused, Atlantic City to redo BLM road paint
(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Atlantic City says it will redo a Black Lives Matter tribute on a street because the original painting of those words across the entire road confused motorists who didn't know where to drive on it. Instead, the words “Black Lives Matter” will be painted onto the repaved road in a manner that does not obscure lane divider markings, Mayor Marty Small said Thursday. “The words ”Black Lives Matter" will still be on the street." The road painting was a compromise that averted a potential confrontation between activists who wanted to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” on the famous Boardwalk, and city officials who would not allow it. City Council member LaToya Dunston accused the city of wasting taxpayer dollars by painting the road without knowing the rules governing it.
Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd
The New York Times first reported that a grand jury was hearing testimony against Chauvin. Floyd’s death sparked protests in Minneapolis and beyond and led to a nationwide reckoning on race. Like Chauvin, all three were fired soon after Floyd’s death. It’s unclear what specifically prompted the increased grand jury activity in the last few weeks, though most federal grand juries are discharged after about 18 months. Barr rejected the deal in part because he felt it was too soon as the investigation into Floyd’s death was still in its relative infancy, the officials said.
Houston-area forecast: Jackets For A Winter Chill
Cooler air is spilling into Southeast Texas and temperatures are dipping to the coldest we’ve seen in a few weeks! After waking up to temperatures in the mid 30s to low 40s, Thursday afternoon will be chilly in the upper 50s to low 60s. A cold front could trigger a few light rain showers Saturday afternoon and evening but no significant rain is expected. Temperatures ahead of the front will be warm in the 70s Saturday afternoon and cooler behind the front in the 60s Sunday afternoon. Overall weekend weather looks pleasant and features more sunshine compared to last weekend.
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: 'Even as we grieved, we grew.'
American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. In one of the inauguration's most talked about moments, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew." Did you catch the 2 @HamiltonMusical references in the inaugural poem? “That day gave me a second wave of energy to finish the poem,” Gorman told the AP. Two other books come out in September — the illustrated “Change Sings” and a volume of her inaugural poem and other works.
Black Texas lawmakers hopeful to see 'Confederate Heroes Day' abolished
RYAN M. KELLY/AFP via Getty ImagesTexas Democratic lawmakers have long tried to remove Confederate Heroes Day from calendars, and they have high hopes that 2021 could be the year it happens. The holiday comes just a day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day and simultaneously celebrates Confederate soldiers and Robert E. Lee's birthday. A bill filed in 2019 to abolish the holiday failed, but lawmakers believe the amount of racial unrest last summer could work in their favor this legislative session.chron.com
Houston restauranteur honors family’s legacy of service on MLK Day
On Monday, his nonprofit organization, Lucille 1913, set out to fed 3,000 people in three Houston-area communities. “It’s just an opportunity for us to give back, give thanks and involve the community in the process,” Williams said. “We all dream about an ideal world and he also dreamed about an ideal world,” George said. His Lucille 1913 nonprofit also unveiled its second community garden in Houston’s Fifth Ward on Monday. Anyone that would like to volunteer or donate to Lucille 1913 can go to lucilles1913.org.
'People fail because they fear each other': 9 life and leadership lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than a day of celebration of the civil rights leader. From sermon in Montgomery, Alabama (1957)The core of servant leadership is to seek to serve others, and to add value to their lives. That's the ultimate benchmark for measuring the value of an organization and its leadership. If you can't walk, then crawl. Bernard Banks is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion and a Clinical Professor of Management at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.cnbc.com
MLK Day in Chicago
American Airlines Flight 191 crashed after takeoff from O'Hare International Airport on May 25, 1979, killing 273 people. The DC-10, carrying 13 crew members and 258 passengers, crashed 31 seconds after takeoff . All those aboard the jet and two people on the ground died.chicagotribune.com
Man who drove up steps of Wisconsin Capitol was intoxicated, not politically motivated, authorities say
Police said Willie Burks, 44, of Madison, drove up the exterior steps on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and around the exterior of statehouse just before 9:30 p.m. He then left the capitol grounds and drove against traffic before parking his vehicle.chicagotribune.com
LIST: Opportunities to serve the Houston area on MLK Day
HOUSTON – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, organizations across Houston are using the holiday to further his legacy through acts of service throughout the community. Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- observed each year on the third Monday in January -- is recognized as a day of service, according to the AmeriCorps. Here are opportunities to get involved in the Houston area:MLK Day of Service at Houston Food BankWhen: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 18Where: Houston Food Bank at 535 Portwall St. Details: Houston Food Bank will gather non-perishable donations to include in Backpack Buddy sacks for food-insecure schoolchildren. Martin Luther King Day of ServiceOrganizer: Villanova University Club of HoustonDetails: Participate in a virtual food-drive by purchasing items from Houston Food Bank’s Amazon wishlist.
Member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies from coronavirus
Lumpkin, a Los Angeles native, died Dec. 26, according to a statement from Los Angeles City College, which he attended from 1938 to 1940. Theodore Lumpkin Jr. was just days short of his 101st birthday. Lumpkin, a Los Angeles native, died Dec. 26, according to a statement from Los Angeles City College, which he attended from 1938 to 1940. The Tuskegee Airmen escorted bombers in Europe. In 2007, the Tuskegee Airmen were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Democratic presidential candidates enjoy moment of harmony to mark King birthday
After the rally, several of the candidates rushed to catch flights to a forum on policy issues facing black voters in Des Moines, Iowa. The days events marked a rare moment of apparent harmony between candidates, including Sanders, Warren and Joe Biden, who have clashed in recent days. South Carolina Democrats hold the fourth nominating contest on Feb. 29, before the 14 states holding contests on Super Tuesday on March 3. A quarter of black voters said they were undecided. Democrats have crafted competing policies on voter suppression, economic development and criminal justice reform aimed at courting black voters.feeds.reuters.com
Houston’s annual parades celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
HOUSTON – The nation will honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with parades and events in various cities from coast to coast. What to know about 42nd annual MLK paradeDOWNTOWN MLK DAY PARADE: KPRC 2’s Sofia Ojeda is live in downtown Houston, joining in the festivities of the ‘original’ MLK day parade. The parade began at 10 a.m. in Downtown Houston, starting on Smith and Lamar streets. Houston’s MLK parade was the first held in the nation after being sanctioned by the King family in 1978. The parade featured more than 250 performance groups, including 36 marching bands and 14 parade floats from across the nation.
8 powerful quotes for Black History Month
Knowledge is power, and reading is an influential means for learning, so here are eight quotes from black scholars to keep you in tune for Black History Month. Black History Month is a federally established tradition to commemorate the value of African-Americans and their contributions, further described as a tribute to generations of African-Americans who’ve struggled through adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)"Love recognizes no barriers. -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."It is not our differences that divide us. - Barack ObamaThroughout Black History Month, educational spaces across the nation take time to teach and celebrate black history, a history that continues to unfold.
Martin Luther King's daughter tells Facebook disinformation helped kill civil rights leader
FILE PHOTO: The Reverend Bernice King daughter of Martin Luther King Jr speaks at the National Bar Association's 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin GentrySAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Disinformation campaigns helped lead to the assassination of Martin Luther King, the daughter of the U.S. civil rights champion said on Thursday after the head of Facebook said social media should not factcheck political advertisements. Kings daughter, Bernice, tweeted that she had heard the speech. Id like to help Facebook better understand the challenges #MLK faced from disinformation campaigns launched by politicians. We look forward to continuing this important dialogue with her in Menlo Park next week, a Facebook spokesperson said.feeds.reuters.com
From the archives: LBJ signs the Civil Rights Act
From the archives: LBJ signs the Civil Rights Act Watch excerpts from President Lyndon B. Johnson's televised speech on July 2, 1964, as he signed the landmark Civil Rights Act to address racial discrimination and inequality. "We have come now to a time of testing - we must not fail," he told an audience of lawmakers and civil rights advocates, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.cbsnews.com