Celebrating MLK Day 2017

Dr. King’s words of hope continue to inspire today

By Harold Gaines, Argonne African American Black Club President

Today, on the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I would like to share with you an excerpt from Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech from 1964. Dr. King shared his thoughts and vision with the international community at a tumultuous, expectant and hope-filled time in our nation’s history. His words and his peaceful dream for our nation continue to have relevance today. I hope his message inspires you as it continues to inspire me each day. » Continue reading “Celebrating MLK Day 2017”

Why We Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – From A Historical Perspective

Each year a fundamental question arises. Young people especially want to know, “Why do we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? The following is a brief analysis which can be duplicated and shared with schools, churches, organizations and the media.

Early in our country’s history, almost all black people came here as slaves. Because people in the South felt they needed cheap labor in building the land and because black people in Africa knew how to farm land like that in the South, they were taken from their homes and forced to come to America. Upon arriving in this country, they were sold to whites as slaves without rights or freedoms. » Continue reading “Why We Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – From A Historical Perspective”

The Meaning of The King Holiday by Coretta Scott King


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit. » Continue reading “The Meaning of The King Holiday by Coretta Scott King”

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Day of Service

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. As a way to honor Dr. King’s tireless efforts in the pursuit of social justice, as well as to embrace his teachings on community service, the MLK Day of Service urges people of all ages and walks of life to “make it a day on, not a day off.” » Continue reading “Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”