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

WHO promises ‘honest evaluation’ of how world handled COVID-19

first_imgIn May, Trump said the United States, the agency’s biggest donor, would pull out of the organization unless there were real reforms, a threat he followed up on this week by giving a one-year notice of withdrawal.”The President has been clear that the WHO needs to get its act together. That starts with demonstrating significant progress and the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks with transparency and accountability,” a senior US official in Washington told Reuters on Thursday.The WHO issued a statement saying the review was not linked to the United States and that its 194 member countries had asked in May for an evaluation of the global response.More than 12 million people are reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus worldwide and 548,429​ have died since the virus emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, according to a Reuters tally.Lawrence Gostin, a professor at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C., said the panel should not be “an inside job” driven by states close to the WHO, nor should it pander to what he called “Trump’s conspiracy theories”.”What is really vital is we have truly independent experts from a variety of disciplines that will honestly and frankly review the situation with COVID,” Gostin told Reuters.”Are they going to review China’s action, are they going to review WHO’s initial response to China, look at things like … WHO’s power to independently verify states’ reports?,” he added. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.The announcement follows strong criticism by US President Donald Trump’s administration of the global agency’s role in the crisis – though the WHO said the review was not linked to the United States.Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have agreed to head the panel, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “The magnitude of this pandemic, which has touched virtually everyone in the world, clearly deserves a commensurate evaluation, an honest evaluation,” Tedros told a virtual meeting with diplomats.The panel will provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health ministers in November and present a “substantive report” next May, he said.Trump has accused the WHO of being too close to China and not doing enough to question Beijing’s actions at the start of the crisis. Tedros has dismissed the suggestions and said his agency kept the world informed.Expertscenter_img Topics :last_img read more