January 16th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Day of service honors Martin Luther King Jr.

The nation pauses Monday to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights icon who would have turned 83 this year had a bullet not cut short his life.

President Barack Obama will mark the holiday with a service project at the Browne Education Campus in Washington on Monday morning, and the first couple will attend the Let Freedom Ring Celebration at the Kennedy Center on Monday evening.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to speak at the King Day at the Dome rally in Columbia, South Carolina on Monday, according to organizers of the event. The event will "commemorate Dr. King's life, draw attention to economic and educational equalities in the state, and protest the Confederate battle flag flying in front of the (state capitol) building," organizers said.

A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. In 1994, Congress also designated it a national day of service.

On Monday, a group including Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, civil rights activist Dick Gregory and the Rev. Al Sharpton placed a wreath at the memorial honoring King.

"We must be reminded as to why Dr. King has been the one to deserve such a monument and such a holiday," Sharpton said. "... What he did was hold a banner of freedom and equality that actually transformed this nation."

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  1. Mmmmm ♔♕

    one of this nation's modern day martyr...a man who laid down his life for others.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzy

    Ya know it's kinda sad that we as a people in general give people more real praise than we do God.
    Christmas has obviously is all about Santa and giving to each other rather than God
    And even if people do give homage to God it's only seems to be a real Nod on that one day, not the other 364 days of the year.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Yesterday I attended an event honoring Dr. King in an important Harlem venue.
    Perhaps it was because of the weather, but few attended.
    I think that there is some dissatisfaction in that community because of the economic situation.
    Freedom does not guarantee money.
    If some Americans are suffering from the delusion that Dr. King's vision was for a FREE chicken in every pot, we all have to work to correct that impression, and to realize his Dream realistically.
    Freedom of chickens to cook was not what MLK, or any Founding Father, meant by "freedom."

    January 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ Jazzy (or her troll):
    "Ya know it's kinda sad that" you don't realize that good things that come to you come from your own efforts and from other humans.
    If you didn't constantly escape into fantasy and Bible reading, you could praise yourself and other people who actually cause good things to happen: people like Santa at Macy's.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm ♔♕

    you two are azzzzzzzzzwholes...MLK and family was well off before this movement he could have just stayed on the comfortable sidelines but didn't...learn to appreciate and reconize the godwinks...the man is a hero who love his neighbors and enemies...it is true...love does covers all sins...

    January 16, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. s kel

    traffic report.....down at MLK memorial in DC. Traffic jam on this cold day....

    January 16, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ Mmmmm...
    Learn to write in words and sentences. Then maybe you'll be able to think rationally. At this time, you cannot do any of those things.
    However, I think that you, Mmmmm, are the puppet of a troll who actually can think.
    As a product representing a human, Mmmmm, you are pathetic.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm ♔♕

      sorry mr escargot dude it's the real mccoy...i'll heed your advice if and when you and jazz can have some respect for those american icons who have made the ultimate sacrifice...

      January 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzy

    Just to put things into perspective.

    Can anyone find fault with God?
    Do you truly honor Jesus' while ignoring the commercial aspect of Christmas, Which has been a MADE UP DATE.

    Here the perception of too many people is based on an image, not reality. Indeed, to them the perception is reality.

    The Bible while some was redacted or additions were made to it, was done by man NOT by God or Jesus as a plagiarist

    King started plagiarizing as an undergraduate. When Boston University founded a commission to look into it, they found that that 45 percent of the first part and 21 percent of the second part of his dissertation was stolen, but they insisted that "no thought should be given to revocation of Dr. King’s doctoral degree." In addition to his dissertation many of his major speeches, such as "I Have a Dream," were plagiarized, as were many of his books and writings.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzy

    @ Mmmmm ♔♕, would you be saying that if I were talking about God?

    January 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm ♔♕

      you tryin' to discredit the obvious. why don't you take off that dirty robe and go outside and enjoy your heritage...his movement also empowered women too...maybe if you go to a MLK event and pray for your country today you would realize that it is really a national day to celebrate.

      January 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzy

    I see freedom of speech does NOT ring on these blogs

    January 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzy

    I pray for Jesus' rule over the world NOT mans! I sick sick sick of man.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzy

    Not me @ 12:40
    Please disregard any racist comments under my name as it is NOT ME but my troll

    January 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Je préfère Popeye's.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. American Inner City Police Assoc.

    Our streets are safe thanks to Dr. King. Before he came along, it wasn't even safe for a white man to walk down Compton Blvd. in the middle of the night. Now, thanks to efforts of King and the Honourable Jessie Jackson, a white man can take his shirt of at 3am and walk down any inner city alley withour fear. Back then, there were all-white and all-black Southern Baptist churches. King ended all of that. We are free!

    January 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Oh, look–there's a smart one who is also stupid.
    The Jazzy troll can actually form the possessive of Jesus (Jesus'), but not that of man.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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