martin luther king jr. day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reacts in St. Augustine, Fla., after learning that the senate passed the civil rights bill, June 19, 1964.

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Happy #MiniatureMonday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

In honor of the holiday, here is Bonnie Thompson Norman’s miniature artist’s book  A PRIMER FOR DEMOCRACY. This book was created in a class in Seattle, Washington, with participants Dawn Endean, Patricia Halsell, Kaylea Trowbridge, and Elizabeth Walters. Each cardboard card has either a quote, a letter from the alphabet with corresponding terms, statements, or is left blank. Each card also has notches so the reader can create their own structure out of the cards.

- Hannah

Charlotte Smith Miniature Collection N7433.5 .N66 P75 2004

Norman, Bonnie Thompson., Dawn. Endean, Patricia. Halsell, Kaylea. Trowbridge, Elizabeth. Walters, and Windowpane Press, Publisher. A Primer for Democracy /. Seattle, Wash.: Windowpane, 2004.

I have a dream

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!”

- Martin Luther King Jr., delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Happy MLK Day America and the whole world!

‘Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go,’ Rep. David Brat (R-VA) said at a local gathering of conservative groups, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. 'They come up — ‘When is your next town hall?’ And believe me, it’s not to give positive input.’ Chants of 'save our health care’ drowned out an address that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) gave on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“I, Too, Sing America”- Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,“
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

Sunday Morning in Virginia, Winslow Homer, 1877