As we approach Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of 2022, the Gottesman Libraries is dedicating this blog post to newspaper reports of celebrations in his honor taking place across the country. As always, the articles we feature are selected from the Front Pages posted on Newseum.org.
STATESMAN JOURNAL published in Salem, Oregon
In light of surging COVID rates, events to commemorate and celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held remotely. The Salem area branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Willamette University, the town of Silverton, and Yamhill county are all featured in this article, for finding safe and creative approaches to discuss King’s messages of community, non-violence, and racial justice.
THE FREE LANCE-STAR published in Fredericksburg, Virginia
The Spotsylvania County, Virginia branch of the NAACP, led by the Reverend Mozett Petway, will be hosting an event dedicated to the protection of voting rights, in honor of Reverend King. The event, called “A Conversation on the Bridge”, will be held in person, as well as livestreamed on the Spotsylvania County NAACP Facebook Page.
THE SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE published in San Diego, California
In keeping with a 37 year tradition, the YMCA of San Diego County is awarding the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award to two people who have spent a lifetime working to improve their community. Profiled in this article are Dr. Suzanne Aflalo, who dedicated her career to providing educational health resources, and Theophilus Logan, a realtor, whose business model made home ownership possible at a time when predatory loans, redlining, and discriminatory mortgage practices were common.
THE DAILY TIMES published in Blount County, Tennessee
The Rev. Peter Kenny of the United of the Williamson Chapel United Methodist Church will be a featured speaker of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Alcoa, TN. Rev. Kenny will discuss the myth of the post-racial society, experiences with racism that are personal to him and his family, poverty, and how we can all work towards Dr. King’s dream of hope and justice.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE published in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Pittsburgh home of the National Negro Opera Company, founded by Black opera singer Mary Cardwell Dawson in 1941, is moving significantly closer to being restored to its original grandeur. Although currently in a state of disrepair, the house was once a stopping off point for Black celebrities including Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, and Duke Ellington. Currently owned by local accountant Jonnet Solomon, public interest in the house has resurfaced, as issues regarding race relations have become more nationally prevalent. Renovations are beginning this week, thanks to $500,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, and an additional $75,000 grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
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