Remembering MLK on the 89th anniversary of his birth. And 50 years after his assassination.

Remembering MLK on the 89th anniversary of his birth.  And 50 years after his assassination.

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This years’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the 89th anniversary of his birth.  And 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination in a Memphis hotel.

King has a special place in the magazine.  Over the years, we’ve looked at his Rochester visits and connections.  We’ve looked how schools and civic groups have celebrated his birthday.  We’ve looked at the circumstances of the day of King’s death, April 4th, 1968.  And seen how that date, April 4th, has been occasion for social activism.

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King at the Rochester War Memorial. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 26 Oct 1962. From On his Day, remembering when Martin Luther King visited Rochester, January 8th, 1958,

In When Martin Luther King was at the home of Charles Lunsford and On Dr. Charles T. Lunsford and the house where he entertained Martin Luther King Jr. we looked closely at King’s January 8th, 1958 visit to Rochester, including a remarkable photograph and a home on Elmwood Avenue.

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Martin Luther King during his January 8th. 1958 visit to Rochester. Dr. Lunsford is to his left, kneeling. [Photo: Charles Price] From When Martin Luther King was at the home of Charles Lunsford

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From When Martin Luther King was at the home of Charles Lunsford Democrat and Chronicle, 09 Jan 1958, Thu, [First Edition], Page 23

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Dr. Charles Lunsford’s former home on 90 Elmwood Avenue. From On Dr. Charles T. Lunsford and the house where he entertained Martin Luther King Jr.

In Nazareth College’s President Daan Braveman on defining moments and his own March on Washington, August 1963, Daan  Braverman recalled his visit to Rochester where he was inspired by King.

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Brighton High School Yearbook, Crossroads, 1965 [courtesy of Brighton Memorial Library] From Nazareth College’s President Daan Braveman on defining moments and his own March on Washington, August 1963

In On his Day, remembering when Martin Luther King visited Rochester, January 8th, 1958, we saw the MLK Conference on Finding Solutions at the Wilson Foundation Academy.

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Rev. Lewis Stewart, a founder of the United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western New York, interviewed by Amy Hudak of Channel 13 News at the MLK Conference on Finding Solutions, Wilson Foundation Academy, Rochester, NY 1/17/16. From On his Day, remembering when Martin Luther King visited Rochester, January 8th, 1958

In An MLK Day of symphonies, service and Sneetches at Hillel Community Day School, we saw how a school in Brighton celebrated MLK Day.

More tragically, in When Baltimore burned 47 years ago we looked back at riots that spread across the northeast following King’s 1968 assassination.

In Reflections on the 48th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, George Payne looks at the unresolved circumstances of the fateful day in Memphis.

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Display case at the Nazareth College Center for Spirituality [Provided by George Payne] From Reflections on the 48th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination

From The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park

Finally, in Marching on Genesee Street for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Actionthe legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. living on. On April 4th, 2017, we were back at Wilson Foundation Academy for the National Day of Action.

We’ll see you April 4th, 2018.

And in Nonviolence Education is Needed on MLK Day, George looked at how MLK might have viewed the holiday in his name. (A different version of George’s essay was published in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.)

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Marching on Genesee Street for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Action

On Dr. Charles T. Lunsford and the house where he entertained Martin Luther King Jr.

Nazareth College’s President Daan Braveman on defining moments and his own March on Washington, August 1963

On his Day, remembering when Martin Luther King visited Rochester, January 8th, 1958

An MLK Day of symphonies, service and Sneetches at Hillel Community Day School

When Baltimore burned 47 years ago

https://talkerofthetown.com/2016/04/04/reflections-on-the-48th-anniversary-of-martin-luther-kings-assassination-from-george-payne/

Marching on Genesee Street for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Action

Nonviolence Education is Needed on MLK Day

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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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