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Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Is celebrated today (third Monday of January). Promoted by unions, and signed into law by Reagan in 1983 even as late the late 1990s not all states recognised it as such. Only in 2000 was it observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day across all the states of the United States. Always important to remember but perhaps particularly resonant after the events of the last week or so and with the first female and person of colour Vice-President about to be inaugurated this very week.


1. jc - January 18, 2021

Notable that many employers (including my own — headquartered in Atlanta, no less) do not observe MLK Day. Only in the US is a public holiday just a suggestion.


WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

Sorry to hear that jc.


2. CL - January 18, 2021

” We cannot talk of Dr. Du Bois without recognizing that he was a radical all of his life. Some people would like to ignore the fact that he was a Communist in his later years. It is worth noting that Abraham Lincoln warmly welcomed the support of Karl Marx during the Civil War and corresponded with him freely. In contemporary life the English speaking world has no difficulty with the fact that Sean O’Casey was a literary giant of the twentieth century and a Communist or that Pablo Neruda is generally considered the greatest living poet though he also served in the Chilean Senate as a Communist. It is time to cease muting the fact that Dr. Du Bois was a genius and chose to be a Communist. Our irrational, obsessive anti-communism has led us into too many quagmires to be retained as if it were a mode of scientific thinking. ” – Dr. Martin Luther King at Carnegie Hall in New York City, February 23, 1968.

” Near the end of the Montgomery bus boycott, Martin Luther King received a letter of support from the leaders of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America. International President Mike Quill and Secretary-Treasurer Matthew Guinan congratulated King “for the mature and courageous leadership you have given not only to the people of Alabama but all Americans in the fight to wipe out the scourge of segregation from our national life…
Quill was a consistent advocate for the civil rights movement and for the activities of King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He served as a vice chairman of the April 1959 Youth March for Integrated Schools. In 1961 Quill invited King to speak at TWU’s 11th convention.

” No doubt the special depth that typifies your Union springs from the fact that you are virtually a Union of minorities, because I understand your membership is largely made up of Irish, Italians, Negroes and Jews. Each of these minorities had to pursue a struggle for equality as a people. This heritage you are able to understand more clearly, than
others—the goals and methods of the Negro’s present-day fight for freedom…
I never intend to adjust myself to slavery and segregation.
I never intend to adjust myself to religious bigotry.
I never intend to become adjusted to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few…
It is now either non-violence or non-existence.
And I never intend to adjust to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating effects of physical violence.” – Address by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. TWU’s 11th Constitutional Convention, 1961

Click to access MLK_ConventionSpeech.pdf

After the speech Quill noted, “if you are looking for maladjusted people, you came to the right place”

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3. WorldbyStorm - January 18, 2021

Mike Quill was a good guy. I’m not surprised he and the good Dr. got on well.


4. roddy - January 19, 2021

Quill was a legend but I have only one fault to find with him.Why did he like legions of other Irish people change his name to “Mike” on reaching America?I genuinely have never personally known anyone called “Mike” in my entire life!


WorldbyStorm - January 19, 2021

When in Rome? But that’s true I don’t know any Mikes here


Michael Carley - January 19, 2021

I routinely get called Mike in England, no matter that I introduce myself with both syllables.

The GS of my old union in Dublin was a Mike.


6to5against - January 19, 2021

I suspect that it was changed for him. A little like Irish people in London getting called Paddy whether they like it or not? Though with a little less edge.
But I do know a few Mikes.


WorldbyStorm - January 19, 2021

Mike Murphy!


roddy - January 19, 2021

Aye but like me you don’t know Mike Murphy.!

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