Rodney Slater will deliver the keynote address at UWW’s 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Event. Please join the campus community at this event on Wed., Jan. 23, at 3:30pm in the UC’s Hamilton Center. Mr. Slater, partner at Patton Boggs LLC, was previously U.S. Secretary of Transportation (under President Bill Clinton) and the first African American director of the Federal Highway Administration.
Martin Luther King, Jr., would have turned 84 years old on January 15, 2013. The Multimedia Gallery of the United States Census says,
“The civil rights leader, minister, and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was born in 1929 and assassinated in 1968. Next Monday is a national holiday, honoring his memory and life’s work, appropriate in a month that also sees the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.”*
You can learn more about the history of this federal holiday by watching the video “Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The making of a holiday” via Films on Demand. The History Channel also has several videos and photos on Martin Luther King Jr. The King Center in Atlanta, GA, has a digital archive of letters, photos, and papers. The National Park Service has a web site “We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Andersen Library also has many resources on Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil rights. Search HALCat for titles such as A call to conscience: The landmark speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (3rd-floor Main Collection, E185.97.K5 A5 2001) and Pillar of fire: America in the King years, 1963-65 (3rd-floor Main Collection, E185.61 .B7915 1998).
Please ask a librarian if you would like assistance with finding materials.
*The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln in September 1862, but it went into effect on January 1, 1863. You can see information online about commemoration of this event 150 years ago at the White House last September.
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