martin luther king jr. weekend


January 15th 1929: Martin Luther King Jr. born

On this day in 1929, the future civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Born as Martin King, he and his father changed their names in honour of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. King entered the ministry in his twenties and first came to national attention for his leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. This event is considered by many to be the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, which saw a national struggle to end discrimination against African-Americans. King was one of many leaders, but became the face of the movement for his nonviolent tactics and powerful oratory. In 1963, during the March on Washington, King delivered the crowning speech of the movement - the ‘I have a dream’ speech. Beyond his role in combating racial inequality, King also focused on tackling poverty and advocating peace, especially during the Vietnam War. On April 4th 1968, King was shot and killed by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee. He lived to see the legislative achievements of the movement - the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act - but tragically was unable to continue the push for full equality. The movement King set in motion continues to be fought today; the United States is still not a completely equal society and systemic discrimination persists. However, thanks to Martin Luther King, America is closer to fulfilling King’s dream of a truly free and equal society. Since 1986, a national Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January.

Today would have been his 88th birthday

Black Comic Book Festival

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening! Whenever you might be reading this post, welcome!

Over this weekend on Friday and Saturday January the13th and 14th was the Fifth Annual Black Comic Book Festival held at the Schomburg for Research in Black Culture.

Admittedly, this was my first visit to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. However, it will most definitely not be my last. Something I do plan on rectifying in the near future, a  point made more poignant as I write this on the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. (Not only as a historian but as an inquisitive Black person living in NYC)

A short history: The Black Comic Book Festival is a convention held yearly at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. Co-founded in 2012 by Deirdre Hollman, Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft, John Jennings and Jonathan Gayles. Black Comic Book Fest celebrates Black artists and writes in the comic book industry.

The Black Comic Book Festival was pretty dope, and very fulfilling! As an expanded effort on my part to attend more conventions other than Comic Con it’s nice to go check out other Conventions as they grow and expand. Not to mention have the time to speak to writers and artists in a more casual (not to mention less stressful) environment. A sentiment I think many a fellow nerd can identify with when attending heavily crowded and populated events/conventions.

Earlier last year, I took the opportunity to check out the Women in Comics Convention (WinCon) held at the New York Public Library’s Bronx Library Center, founded by Regine Sawyer (author of Eating Vampires) through her organization Women in Comics. Which will be coming up soon on March 25th if interested in going. Take the time to check it out if you have the chance!

I spoke to Regine Sawyer briefly, much to my surprise she remembered me from Women in Comics Con last year. Which in and of itself was delightful and refreshing I might add.

Maia Crown Williams was also in attendance representing MECCA Con (Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Art) and Bronx Heroes as well!

A major shout-out to many of the artists and writers as well as teams that put out some spectacular work in the last couple years now: BLACK (Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith, Jamal Igle), Tuskegee Heirs (Marcus Williams, Greg Burnham), E.X.O. (Roye Okupe), Ajala (Robert Garrett, N. Steven Harris), Brother Man (Dawud Anyabwile, Guy A. Sims, Brian McGee), Shaft (David F. Walker).

Overall, Black Comic Book Fest was a blast and thoroughly enjoyable. If you’ve read down to this point or just skipped down for a TL;DR I’d definitely suggest checking it out next year. If you have the time on March 25th, check out Women in Comics as well.
Trump rips 'all talk,' 'no action' civil rights icon Lewis
President-elect Donald Trump harshly responded to civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Saturday, calling him "all talk" and "no action" after Lewis said Trump was not a "legitimate" president.
By Eugene Scott, CNN

Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump harshly responded to civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Saturday, calling him “all talk” and “no action” after Lewis said Trump was not a “legitimate” president.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad,” Trump tweeted Saturday, which happened to fall on the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

(cont. CNN)

Between 1960 and 1966 starting at age 20, John Lewis was the youngest of the six major figureheads of the Civil Rights movement.  During those years, he was beaten repeatedly (often as the first one assaulted since he would take charge and enter whites-only facilities first), left unconscious multiple times, and even fire-bombed during a Freedom Ride in Montgomery.

Between 1960 and 1966, Donald Trump was fine-tuning his boorish personality and antagonistic behavior, being demoted from student leadership positions in prep school for his bullying, and then finding ways to dodge the draft – four times for being a college student, and then after he graduated, he magically developed spurs in the heel of his foot which qualified him for a 1-Y medical deferment.

Which one of these men is all talk and no action?

MLK 2017

My heart goes out to our victims and their families in Miami.
I’m disgusted because I just wanted to see the Google LOGO for today. They have always done a wonderful job. Instead I see murder. Murder of young lives and children. 

A day to celebrate some victories, and a day to remember to keep pushing forward for equal rights. A day we saw at a peaceful parade, there is blood in the streets. Blood from young lives and children. 

And where are the major news companies?

Please stay informed. The only way to end this level of stupid, evil violence is education. Please stay informed.


Represent: Interactive by Li Sumpter

AACC + MLK Weekend Wrap-Up

Thank you, Philadelphia. The Museum’s 2015 MLK Jr. weekend was the best one yet. The local community affirmed—in record-breaking numbers—just how golden a moment this was for the Museum and American history in the making.

The celebration kicked off Friday night with over 1,700 attendees for the Art After 5 dance party with old-school DJ Rob Base on the wheels of steel. Saturday’s gala fundraiser was a sold-out affair, featuring a lively keynote address from Dr. Richard J. Powell, Dean of the Humanities at Duke University. And what’s better than a fancy Museum party? A party with a purpose. At the gala, Trustee Dr. Constance E. Clayton was honored for her contributions to the Museum, the African American Collections Committee, and Philadelphia. Also, proceeds from the fundraiser were used to support a new fellowship opportunity in Dr. Clayton’s name to advance diversity in the curatorial field.

Over 5,000 people attended Sunday’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Family Day Celebration and Monday’s Pay What You Wish Day of Service programs. Activities were inspired by Dr. King’s legacy and the art of “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” featuring dance performances, art making, and a community talkback called “Conversation of Kings: Black Lives Matter…Let Us Breathe” led by NewCORE’s Rev. Malcolm T. Byrd.

Something magical happens when the stars align.

Director Ava DuVernay’s film “Selma” was released at a time when violence and unrest in Ferguson, New York, Paris, and Nigeria were breaking news. This demonstrates synchronicity hard at work. The timely vision of one filmmaker has made an undeniable impact on the country. The power of the film underscores the power of the people—especially artists and visionaries—to transform the world, one dream at a time. As we watch DuVernay blaze trails for African American filmmakers and female directors, the opening of “Represent” and the Museum’s doors to curators of color feels like part of a greater alignment toward peace, justice, and equality for all across the globe.


Thank you, Philadelphia and Museum friends everywhere for getting this journey through the African American collection started on a good foot. March on. Represent.

Stills from Director Ava Duvernay’s Selma (2014) Paramount Pictures

John Lewis is the last person Donald Trump should be picking a fight with right now
This is not how Trump will lift his 37% approval rating. Here is the question that lurks behind Donald Trump tweeting insults at civil rights icon John Lewis during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Lewis, a popular member of Congress, said he wouldn’t attend Trump’s inauguration, and called the president-elect “illegitimate.” There were reasonable ways to respond to this. Read more

As we prepare to take off for a long weekend, it might be appropriate to take just a moment to think about why we aren’t coming to work Monday … Martin Luther King Day – for his commitment to equal rights, non-violence, and social change. The inspiration of Dr. King and the civil rights movement led our nation and the Federal government to a new standard of equality and inclusion, which was Dr. King’s purpose. He wanted to challenge our country to be a better place, where every person is valued and respected.

Dr. King challenged us to overcome oppression and violence. He urged us to reject revenge, aggression, and retaliation. His vision that “no individual be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” set in motion changes that led to the passage of civil rights and voting laws. In honor and respect for his contribution to the improvement of our national attitudes, policies, and laws, the Federal government celebrates Dr. King.

Over the years, there has been some speculation on what Dr. King could have accomplished if his life had not been so tragically cut short. He was only 28 years old when he was elected the first President of the Southern Christian Leadership Council. He had already graduated from college at 19 and graduated from Divinity school at 22. By the time Dr. King was 29, he had published his first book, “Stride Toward Freedom.” In 1964, he gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech to 250,000 people who marched on Washington in support of pending civil rights legislation. In the same year, he was successful in getting the legislation passed and he won the Nobel Peace Prize. A lot of accomplishments for a man who was only 35 years old.

Dr. Martin Luther King believed in our country and its potential for greatness. He also believed that each one of us is essential to achieving its full potential. Although Dr. King’s primary efforts focused on equality for African-Americans, his ultimate goal was the equality and inclusion of every individual. As Dr. King said “There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society protect that society. But when they don’t have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.”

This weekend gives us all another opportunity to reaffirm and reflect on our appreciation for the uniqueness that each individual brings to the work place. Have a good and safe long weekend with friends and family.

so i wrote a thing based on one of my bullet point cpd metas, particularly this one:

late sunday afternoon naps on the couch. sunlight streaming through the windows, warming the air. jay passed out hard on his back and erin dozing on top of him, listening to his heartbeat beneath her ear.

it sucks, i’m sorry. 

    There’s an undeniable importance to a quiet weekend. Quiet meaning absolutely dead and requiring no exertion. Being a detective comes with perks and the top one is not being adhered to a swing shift like patrol. She’s put in her uniform time and is glad that her name is now preceded by detective because that means weekends. When Chicago is buried under too many feet of snow, chasing criminals down on foot is more life-threatening than the illegal guns that they tote. Erin isn’t sure how many times she’s turned an ankle on ice this week alone but it’s a lot, whatever the number.

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s day and the three-day weekend it comes hand-in-hand with couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Their unit hasn’t gotten a breather in weeks, getting tips and running suspects to ground no matter the day, hour, or temperature because Hank’s on some new warpath he isn’t sharing.

    And after last week, Erin’s thankful for the chance to decompress. She gets torn awake on a regular basis by nightmares of a cold blade to her jugular, rough hands she doesn’t know on her body and it’s taking its toll. Jay’s driven more often than not this week just so she can sleep scant minutes between their destinations.

    A quiet breath escapes her and Erin turns her cheek further into her partner’s shirt, feeling the slow rise and fall of his chest beneath her. Jay is half buried under one of the couch cushions, but his free arm is draped across her waist, fingertips brushing her skin where her shirt rides up. It’s the calmest she’s felt—the safest she’s felt—in a long time, laying there and listening to the steady beat of his heart beneath her ear.

    Sometimes the panic will grip her at the oddest moments—when Jay is laughing, hard, over a movie, watching him lope down the stairs to talk to Platt, when she wakes up alone in her apartment.

    Panic and fear will take her breath because she almost lost this. She almost lost her partner.

    Erin squeezes her eyes shut as a cloud drifts away and sunlight streams into her living room again, warming the air and catching the gold in her hair. It’s such an impossible thought, even more than Nadia’s cold room and empty desk, to imagine Jay Halstead slipping through her fingers because she wasn’t there to protect him. But it’s real, too, and she knows it because she lived it.

    There’s days when she knows that it was only the remnant pills in her blood, dulling her emotions, that kept her from going to her knees that day, when she faced Hank and then went to barter with empty hands for the life of her partner.

    Erin breathes him in, curls her fingers in the worn cotton of his shirt—warmth, strength, an integrity she won’t ever match up with—and wills herself to never forget.

    Shifting, Jay grumbles in his sleep, his arm tightening around her middle, keeping her still, as he searches for a more comfortable position. Humor washes through her on the wake of the darkness. He always wants her close, when they’re alone. Especially after last week with Tawney and her crew. Erin still doesn’t think he slept at all that first night while she tossed and turned, and no one protested when they weren’t far from each other’s sides in the following days.

    Once Jay resettles with a long sigh that ruffles her hair, Erin contemplates the fact that they’ve been laying here for hours and her partner has been sleeping for most of them. At this rate, he won’t sleep tonight and then there’s also that notion known as food to consider.

    Erin stares across her living room and decides not to worry about it. Jay needs sleep and she’s where she wants to be. In another day they’ll be back to work, facing the demons that roam the streets of their city and bringing whatever justice there is left to be had. For now, there is no phone to answer, no crime to solve, no crisis to take its next toll on them.

    There is just Jay’s hand warm against her back and lethargy weighting her limbs in this moment. And it’s everything that Erin wants.

    The long weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day helped “Hamilton” hit the number one spot at the Broadway box office in a week that saw overall sales hold steady following the post-holiday tumble posted last week.

    “Hamilton,” of course, has been the hottest ticket on Broadway since it opened over the summer, but that doesn’t guarantee a No. 1 perch on the Top 10. For one thing, “Hamilton” plays in a theater (the Richard Rodgers, at about 1,300 seats) that’s on the low end of mid-size for a musical house, so even at top capacity and sky-high demand, it can be tough to compete against longrunning titles with family-friendly tourist appeal and heftier ticket inventories (such as “Wicked” and “The Lion King”).

    But as the buzziest show in town, “Hamilton” ($1,769,360) has retained its heat even in the chill of January, when every single show on the boards, even the most successful, weathers an annual dip in demand. So the founding-father hip-hop musical managed to outpace longer-running successes such as “Lion King” ($1,660,171), “Wicked” ($1,590,318) and “The Book of Mormon” ($1,496,509). (It marks the second time “Hamilton” stood at the head of the class, following a week in November when an extra benefit performance, complete with an appearance by President Obama, helped push the show to the top of the chart.)

    it’s a three day weekend because tomorrow’s martin luther king jr day and thank god this is much needed because those 2 days of intensive syllabus week really took a toll on me