Good News: “Martin Luther King Jr., Day”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a good day. A very good day. It is a day where we – and by we I mean white people – can look at ourselves and think what can we do to do better. What can we do to make life better for our brother, sister, and non-binary siblings who are black.

Seriously. Let’s do this.

Because Black Lives Matter. If you don’t agree actually read the website and ask yourself this: If you were going to be pulled over for a broken tail light, do you want to be white black? If you don’t get it, well, you might need to examine yourself.

Now on to the celebrating. I have a webpage I share with my students but instead of linking to it, I shall copy and paste it below the line.

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Martin Luther King Day

Personal Introduction: On MLK Day years ago I was driving in my car looking at the beautiful scenery and listening to the radio outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The DJ said “This one’s for the man” and he played Pride (In the Name of Love) cut with Dr. King’s speeches. I rolled down my windows, turned up the volume, and shared with the world. I’ve cranked this song loud every year since. -Ms. Lion

SO IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE! I love this holiday because it fills me with hope and joy – and gratitude for technology.

One of the great things about our modern technology is that the world can now hear Dr. Martin Luther King’s great speeches any time they want. Just ten years ago if I wanted to play the famous “I have a dream” speech presented below, I would have had to take the time to get the film or video from the library, make sure to bring a player, and then set it all up so I could share it with you. (I would happily do this, BTW.) Now, when I want to show you this great historic speech all I have to do it go to the Web. There it is for us to all watch and enjoy. Any time. Listen now.

For me, every MLK Day celebration must include the video/song below, Pride (In The Name of Love). It was written by U2 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Oddly enough the writer, lead singer Bono, never really liked the song. He felt he could have done better. I think the song is perfect and have felt that since the first time I heard it. You can read the lyrics at the bottom of the page.

Now as I said before I think it is a great song and must be played LOUD! LOUD!!

So click the official video below and crank your computer volume up! Tell those around you that your teacher made you do it. 🙂 And then invite them to enjoy the song with you.

In the clip below, U2 is playing to a live audience and they show Dr. King speaking on the big screens behind them. Go ahead, love your technology!!

How about a little Country Western spin on this classic? Dierks Bentley with the Punch Brothers Live.

And now a version sung by a Swedish sister, Carola. Sing it!

For more Martin Luther King videos, get online! YouTube MLK search.

Lyrics:

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come here to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

Winter 2021 Reflection: Wow. I’m so white. All of the singers on this page are white. This song that I love honoring MLK was written by a white Irish man. Time for me to search for some BIPOC singers of this song as well. Maybe even other songs about MLK. In short, I gotta keep going forward – and I’ll do it in the name of justice and love. – CFR.


To view past celebratory MLK Day posts from CFR, click and enjoy.

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