Martin Luther King Jr.

Community
3:17 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Volunteers Spruce Up Carnegie Library of Homestead in Honor of MLK Day

Carnegie Library of Homestead was built in 1898 and is the third oldest library in the United States
Haldan Kirsch WESA

Thirty-one years ago Martin Luther King Day became a federal holiday to commemorate the civil rights advocate. The third Monday of January now serves as an opportunity for individuals and organizations to honor King’s legacy through public service

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, Knowledge to Empower Youths to Success (KEYS) Service Corps members volunteered to assist with the upkeep of the Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall.

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Community
3:30 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Event Takes Root in East Liberty

“In the end we remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

According to Joseph Hall, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) Producing Director, that quote by Martin Luther King Jr. is the inspiration behind this year’s “East Liberty Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” event Monday.

Each year, the theater chooses a theme for the event, and this year’s is “Every Voice Counts, Every Story Matters.”

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Community
1:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Area Nonprofits, Universities to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with Day of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Pittsburgh area nonprofits and universities will be holding events and coordinating volunteer efforts Monday commemorating King’s legacy.

To help coordinate these efforts, Pittsburgh Cares is launching a page on their website where volunteer organizations can post opportunities for citizens to get involved and commemorate the holiday.

According to Riley Baker, Pittsburgh Cares director of retired and senior volunteer programs, the day was made a national day of service to focus on King’s core ideals.

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Community
5:09 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Two Pittsburghers Receive Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Paul Ellis, August Wilson's nephew
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

What does Martin Luther King Jr. have in common with a playwright and a minister that couldn’t swim?

Their commitment to social justice.

The Rev. LeRoy Patrick and August Wilson were honored posthumously by the Kingsley Association, the Port Authority of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Pirates with the Spirit of King Award Thursday.

The award celebrates local citizens who pursued human rights and equality like Martin Luther King, Jr., Thursday.

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Arts & Culture
12:46 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Celebrating Black History Month Through 12 Oral Histories

Photos of featured oral historians included in the exhibit.
Credit Courtesy PNC

Oral histories from some of the region’s most prominent African Americans will be a featured part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Pittsburgh.

As part of PNC’s Legacy Project, the oral histories will be displayed at 600 Liberty Ave. and are available online.

The exhibit features the oral histories of 12 African Americans, including musicians Sean Jones and Patricia Prattis Jennings, community leaders Alma Speed Fox and Esther L. Bush, and Tony Award winning actor Billy Porter.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:18 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Why the "I Have a Dream" Speech Endures

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivering his famous speech.
Credit Wikipedia

When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech in 1963, he brought the Civil Rights movement into the homes of mainstream white America.

As the first big integrated protest to be staged in the north, PR counselor and executive speech writer Bob Oltmanns says at that point in history, the speech was a breakout PR moment.

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History Of Pittsburgh
4:25 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Rare Photos Recall Pittsburgh's Reaction to Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death

Marchers gather outside St. Benedict the Moor Church in the Hill District.
Credit Charles Martin / University Of Pittsburgh

Forty-five years ago this month, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. sparked protests and riots across the country.

On Friday, the University of Pittsburgh Library system will recount a protest held in Pittsburgh on Sunday April 7, 1968, with a program that includes a series of photos taken by freelance photographer Charles Martin.

Larry Glasco, a University of Pittsburgh history professor, said the photographs bring a new view to the event that was much more peaceful than many other marches and rallies seen around the U.S.

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