Library Lines: Take the time to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his work

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.

"Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in." — Martin Luther King Jr., March for Integrated Schools, April 18, 1959

Did you know that 36 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time? Though the first attempt in 1979 to make King’s birthday a federal holiday failed, 6 million signatures were collected and submitted as a petition to Congress two years later, which brought the idea back to the forefront. This momentum was supported by musician Stevie Wonder, who helped publicize the campaign in 1980 by releasing his rendition of “Happy Birthday” as well as by hosting the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981.

Emily Clare
Emily Clare

With the push from this petition, which “is considered the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history,” according to NationalToday.com, President Reagan signed the bill in 1983 that created the federal holiday we know today as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This holiday was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time three years later on Jan. 20, 1986.

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on Monday, Jan. 17. Although King was born on Jan. 15, 1929, the holiday is observed annually on the third Monday in January. This follows with the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill that was passed by Congress in 1968, which was designed to schedule or reschedule federal holidays to give federal employees a few long weekends throughout the year.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

King is well known for his “I Have A Dream” speech, which he delivered to a crowd at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963. National Public Radio published an audio recording of this speech, and it is worth a listen. You can find the recording by searching “'I Have A Dream' Speech, In Its Entirety” on NPR.org. The link has also been shared on the library’s Facebook page.

Ready to “Spark Joy” in your home? A certified KonMari consultant Shannon Huneycutt will be joining the Cheboygan Area Public Library live from Charlotte, North Carolina, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.

Huneycutt will be presenting her Spark Joy webinar based on Marie Kondo’s “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” philosophy. Huneycutt will share how to organize your home so that everything you have will “spark joy” in your life.

This webinar will be hosted at the library, but can also be viewed from home on Zoom. The Zoom link is available on the library’s calendar of events on cheboyganlibrary.org and on the library’s Facebook Page. Otherwise, the address is https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84247520262 and the password is “sjc141” if you prefer to type in the web address manually.

The event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. Huneycutt has also promised a special giveaway she will be offering at the end of the program. Huneycutt requests that participants bring a standard T-shirt and pair of pants for the folding activity during which she will be teaching the famous KonMari vertical folding technique. There will also be a question-and-answer time following the program.

— Emily Clare is program director of the Cheboygan Area Public Library.

This article originally appeared on Cheboygan Daily Tribune: Library Lines: Take the time to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his work

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