US Navy Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21

first_img View post tag: Commemorates Training & Education Share this article View post tag: US As announced by NAVADMIN 001/13, the Navy will join the nation in observing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21.Navy commands are encouraged to reflect on the recurring theme, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!” and increase their knowledge and awareness of Dr. King’s contributions to American history and civil rights by participating in military and community events.Dr. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism during the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.Following in the footsteps of his father, King entered the Christian ministry in February 1948 at the age of 19. He was ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and in 1954, upon completion of graduate studies at Boston University, he accepted a call to serve at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. While ministering there, King became an instrumental leader in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, made famous by the arrest of Rosa Parks. The boycott lasted over a year and led to the 1956 District Court ruling that racial segregation on buses was unconstitutional.Over the course of his lifetime, King was arrested 30 separate times for his participation in civil rights activities.Although King spent the majority of his life preaching on the issues of social justice, empowerment, love and peace, which won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, his attention and efforts also included fighting economic injustice. On April 4, 1968, King journeyed to Memphis, Tenn., to help lead sanitation workers in a protest against low wages and intolerable working conditions. While standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, King was shot and ultimately died.In honor of King’s unfinished efforts, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The first observance was held Jan. 15, 1986, the anniversary of King’s birthday. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday would be observed every year on the third Monday of January. On Aug. 23, 1994 Congress passed the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Service Act, designating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a day of national volunteer service.All commands are strongly encouraged to increase their knowledge and awareness of King’s contributions to American history and civil rights through participation in military and community events and volunteerism within their communities and worldwide.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 6, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Dr View post tag: King View post tag: Defense View post tag: Martin US Navy Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Jr. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Jan View post tag: 21% View post tag: Luther View post tag: Defence View post tag: day January 6, 2013 View post tag: Navallast_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Representative Ryan Hatfield (D-Evansville) issued the following statement after the Indiana House approved House Bill 1051, a bill allowing carryout alcohol sales on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.:“I am happy to endorse a bill that can be good for our convenience stores, our business revenue, and our citizens. Indiana is one of twelve states that bans alcohol on Sundays, and I am glad the legislature is making a positive change on our alcohol sales.“These are the first steps toward bringing Indiana’s alcohol laws into the 21st Century. These changes, which are long overdue, reflect a public sentiment that believes our state should not be stuck with archaic laws that reflect thinking of the Prohibition Era, when they were first enacted.“Considering the large margins of support that this proposal received in both its House and Senate versions, I would say that lawmakers are finally ready to follow the public’s wishes on this issue.“This should not be the last move we make in this area. There is much more that can be done, and we should have the time and the will to do it.”last_img read more