Martin Luther King Jr.

On this day in 1963, 50 years ago, Dr. King delivered a speech that would be apart of American History forever.  50 years ago the US Government/FBI also had plan to kill Dr. King.

This is a letter sent to MLK anonymously by the FBI. It attempted to get King to kill himself before he could receive the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. Accompanying the letter was a cassette that “contained allegedly incriminating audio recordings of King with women in various hotel rooms”

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Today is the birth date of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), one of the most prominent leaders during the Civil Rights Movement.  King was assassinated in 1968 at the young age of 39.


“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


  January 15th is the born day of inspirational African American leader, activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, MLK.  The Martin Luther King Day holiday began in 1986 and is still celebrated in the United States of America. Dr. King was born in 1929 Atlanta, Georgia, and was assasinated April 4th, 1968.  Martin Luther King has streets named after him across the USA today which are mostly located in the inner city or the ‘hood’.  Dr. King continues to be an inspiration to all races across America.

“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”
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(Washington Post) WASHINGTON — In a ceremony that blended worship and a call to action, tens of thousands gathered Sunday (Oct. 16) for the official dedication of a national memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“In this place, he will stand for all time, among monuments to those who fathered this nation and those who defended it; a black preacher with no official rank or title who somehow gave voice to our deepest dreams and our most lasting ideals,” President Obama said.

Obama spoke in the shadow of the 30-foot sculpture of King’s likeness called the “Stone of Hope,” which emerges from a “Mountain of Despair,” both images taken from King’s iconic 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.

The throngs of people were smaller than the crowds anticipated for the memorial’s original dedication date on Aug. 28, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s most famous speech.

Weeks after Hurricane Irene disrupted the original dedication festivities, those who made it to the rescheduled ceremony said the delay had not dampened their respect for King’s legacy as a religious and civil rights leader.

“Dr. King was a 20th-century prophet and so that’s really significant to see that we’ve got a prophet on the National Mall where presidents usually are,” said the Rev. Seretta C. McKnight of Hempstead, N.Y., who traveled with members of her youth leadership organization. “He gave his life, so that is the least that can be done to commemorate.”

Held during the traditional Sunday morning worship time, the ceremony featured choirs, gospel artists Mary Mary, and Aretha Franklin singing one of King’s favorite hymns, “Precious Lord.” But it also had political overtones as some speakers lent support to Obama’s re-election; the crowd occasionally broke into chants of “four more years!” for the nation’s first African-American president.

Happy B Day 2 MLK  (1929-1968)  Watch “I Have a Dream” speech after the jump.

“We came a far way but still we got so long to Go!” -2pac Krazy, Makaveli LP

Even with a Black president in 2011, 60 percent of the Black Male Population in the United States is still locked up behind prison walls (MODERN DAY SLAVERY).  Dr. King lost his life in 1968 for freedom and hope for equality between race relations.  Today his dream is reality for a select few black people, but the staff here @ GWOP Magazine still feels we have a long way to go.  Happy MLK Day!  #SALUTE

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