Martin Luther King Jr. Facts

Posted by | January 15, 2018 4:12 pm

George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday.

In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday to honor King. The holiday, first commemorated in 1986, is celebrated on the third Monday in January, close to the civil rights leader’s January 15 birthday.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Facts

Posted by | January 15, 2018 4:10 pm

King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial.

Six years before his iconic oration at the March on Washington, King was among the civil rights leaders who spoke in the shadow of the Great Emancipator during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom on May 17, 1957. Before a crowd estimated at between 15,000 and 30,000, King delivered his first national address on the topic of … Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. Facts

Posted by | January 15, 2018 4:08 pm

King received his doctorate in systematic theology.

After earning a divinity degree from Pennsylvania’s Crozer Theological Seminary, King attended graduate school at Boston University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1955. The title of his dissertation was “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.”

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Martin Luther King Jr. Facts

Posted by | January 15, 2018 4:05 pm

King entered college at the age of 15.

King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather. Although he was the son, grandson and great-grandson of Baptist ministers, King did not intend to follow the family vacation until Morehouse president Benjamin E. Mays, a noted theologian, convinced him otherwise. King … Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. Facts

Posted by | January 15, 2018 4:02 pm

King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin.

The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.

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Posted by | January 12, 2018 3:21 pm

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Dr. Leach, Rev. Davis to lead 2018 MLK Parade

Posted by | January 12, 2018 3:18 pm

   On Monday, Jan. 15, Swainsboro’s annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Parade will begin at 1 p.m., with line-up beginning at 12 p.m. at the Varner 4-H Clubhouse. An entry fee of $25 will be required for all floats, vans, and trucks entered and $20 for cars. For more information, contact Al Huston at 478-237-7768 or Brother Mosley at 478-237-8587.

   Serving as grand marshals this year will be Dr. Sonji Leach Read More

Letter to the Editor

Posted by | January 12, 2018 3:15 pm

   While it’s true that Christmas comes but once a year, it was proven this past week that the spirit of Christmas goes beyond December 25.
   For example, my 88-year old friend, Bill, who lives in Bethlehem about 18 miles from Athens, drove down to spend a few days at my cabin. The drive down was enjoyable and all was fine until he realized that he had left his meds at … Read More

Swainsboro Tigers ready as big games approach

Posted by | January 12, 2018 3:12 pm

   January is when Tiger basketball gets serious. The holiday season is a hard time to stay sharp with 7-10 day stretches between games and seasonal distractions. Swainsboro’s basketball program has avoided early season potholes and are sharpening their focus with important games on the horizon.

   The Lady Tigers (11-2) lost their first two games of the season over the holidays, both losses to 5A schools, Ware County Read More

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