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Martin Luther King Day – Alice Walker Adds Perspective

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I always love Martin Luther King’s day.

It gives me what feels like a special opportunity to get re-acquainted with or newly connected to new and valuable people, places and things.

The link below to an amazing interview with and story about Alice Walker is one of these truly special moments that I want to share with you today.

Alice Walker wrote The Colour Purple among a myriad of other great things.

Video: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Full Film | Watch American Masters Online | PBS Video.

Please take a moment to sit back and enjoy.




?Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one.”
? from the preface

I was born to grow,
alongside my garden of plants,
poems
like
this one

So writes Alice Walker in this new book of poems, poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home. The poems embrace our connections while celebrating the joy of individuality, the power we each share to express our truest, deepest selves. Beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others, she demonstrates that we are stronger than our circumstances. As she confronts personal and collective challenges, her words dance, sing, and heal.
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Help Save Harlem’s Historic Renaissance Ballroom from Demolition

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Protesters Aim to Save Harlems Historic Renaissance Ballroom from Demolition – Video: via Protesters Aim to Save Harlems Historic Renaissance Ballroom from Demolition – NY1.

“The Ballroom was completed in 1924 as part of a larger entertainment hub that included a bustling casino and 900-seat theatre.  Built and operated by black businessmen, the “Rennie” was the only upscale reception hall available to African Americans at the time.  Prize fights, concerts, dance marathons, film screenings, and stage acts were held at the Renaissance, along with elegant parties and meetings of the most influential social clubs and political organizations in Harlem.  The community’s elite gathered to dance the Charleston and the Black Bottom to live entertainment by the most renowned jazz musicians of the age.

“The nightspot even played host to the nation’s first all-black professional basketball team, also called the Harlem Renaissance, considered by some to be the best in the world in their day.  On game nights, portable hoops were erected on the dance floor, converting the ballroom into a stadium.  Following each game, almost invariably a victory for the Rens, a dance was held where players would mingle and jive with the choicest ladies of Harlem.  The team barnstormed in towns across the country, playing exhibition games in which coveted matches with white teams drew the largest crowds.  In their best season, the Renns set a record with 88 consecutive wins that has yet to be broken.”

-AbandonedNYC.com

 

QUOTE: Martin Luther King, Jr. “Live Together”

“We must learn to live together as brothers,
or perish together as fools.”

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Harlem Celebrates Martin Luther King

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Join us in Harlem to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday.

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014

2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Riverside Church Hosts Rev. Michael Walrond, Martin Luther King III & Others to Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy.  2:00-3:30 PM in the Nave, 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd), Morningside Heights. |www.theriversidechurch.org 

 

3:00 PM – Apollo Uptown Hall | WNYC & Apollo Present Dreams for NYC Inspired by MLK: WNYC’s annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration.  FREE and open to the public. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street | Ph: 212.531.5300 |www.apollotheater.org

 

3:00 PM – Jazz for Martin with the Hamiet Bluiett Group: Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church presents a concert in celebration of MLK with Hamiet Bluiett.  $10. Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church, 16-20 Mount Morris Park West @ 122nd Street | Ph: 212.831.6800

 

9:00 PM – 2:00 AM – MLK Weekend Celebration with Sundae Sermon and Soul Summit  $5 Cover. Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Avenue @ 125th Street | www.ginnyssupperclub.com

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014

 

9:00 AM-2:30 PM – 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr “Nonviolence: Seeks to Win Friendship and Understanding”: The Abyssinian Baptist Church Ministry of Christian Social Concern.  Continental Breakfast and Lunch Served. Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 W. 138th Street | Ph: 212.862.7474 |http://abyssinian.org

 

1:00 PM – Big Onion Walking Tours | MLK Day Tour in Historic Harlem: At the center of African-American history and culture.  $20. Rain or shine. Visit the site to book in advance or meet the group at 1PM @ the Northwest corner of 135th Street & Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X) – in front of the Schomburg Center. | Tour Hotline: 800.606.WALK |www.bigonion.com/tour/martin-luther-king/

via Harlem Celebrates MLK | MORNINGSIDER.  See their excellent coverage for rich details regarding each event.