Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luthar-King Day

It's Kind of a Big Deal.

Today is Martin Luther-King Jr. Day, a national American holiday.  Most Canadians will recognize the famous words "I have a dream."  further most Canadians know that the following speech has something to do with human rights particularly racial segregation.  Check out the full speech bellow.

Beyond this speech many Canadians may not have much knowledge of who Martin Luther-King Jr. was.  In honour of the holiday I will present you some facts.  Martin Luther-King Jr was an American clergy man, and a liberal human rights activist.  Influenced by the methods of Mahatma Gahndi, King advocated non-violent demonstrations.   He led the Montgomery Bus-Boycot in 1957 and his actions led to the 1963 March on Washington where he made his famous "I have a dream" speech.

 Although King is most notable for his leadership in the Black Civil Rights movement, he also staunchly opposed the the Vietnam War and made great strives against poverty.  In 1964, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel peace prize for his work to end racial discrimination by non-violent means.

Tragically Martin Luther-King Jr was assassinated in 1968.  After his death he was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2004 the Congressional Gold Medal.  Martin Luther-King day was established as national holiday in 1986 to commemorate this great mans contribution to American civil rights.

 As it happens all members of the household had very light training today.  The four of us were able to take full advantage of the holiday.  We slept in, rode for coffee, laid by the pool, and tossed around the old pig skin.  And at least for myself a little reflection on the reason for the day.

Training shall be based solely on feel,
while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.

Cuylar Conly

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