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Not Just Another Day Off…

This Monday, January 21st, commemorates the observance of the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (his actual birthday is January 15th) as well as the 50th anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

At BFS we all take part in the Simple&Powerful campaign in which we take time to think about Dr. King and his message and remember that MLK weekend is “A day ON, not a day off.”

Looking for ways to commemorate and participate?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Visit The King Center.  Established in 1968 by Corretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to advancing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Join the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 21, 2013.  Americans across the country come together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.  Visit the website to Find A Project.

  • Visit the Brooklyn Museum for Malcolm, Martin, and Medgar: A Reunion this Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 3:00pm.  WNYC’s annual MLK celebration examines current events as they might be seen by three slain civil rights icons in an afternoon of discussion, music, and personal reminiscences.  Tickets are free, but registration is required.  
  • Hear to the “I Have a Dream” speech and reflect.  Ask yourself or a friend:
    • What emotions/thoughts came up for you in the speech?
    • Is the “I Have a Dream” speech relevant in 2013?
    • What can we do to answer the challenges in the speech?