Sunday, January 20, 2013
Martin Luther King changed the course of American history, but were you aware of these fascinating facts?
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here are 10 things you might not know about the lauded civil rights leader who changed history: 1. Martin Luther King Jr. was christened Michael King Jr. When his father became pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in 1931, he adopted the name Martin Luther King Sr. -- in honor of Protestant leader Martin Luther -- and his son followed suit. However, King never legally changed his name. 2. The first assassination attempt on King was made in 1958 when a mentally ill woman named Izola Curry stabbed him in the chest with a steel letter opener while he was signing books at a Harlem department store. The knife wound was so close to his aorta that doctors said a sneeze could have killed him. 3. King …
Tell us what this holiday means to you and how you will celebrate?
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Many, including a group in Joliet, will use the national holiday to honor the civil rights activist by giving back to the community, be it through removing graffiti, picking up litter or doing other service projects. (It's not too late to volunteer to make a difference in Joliet on MLK Day.) Because it's both a federal and state holiday, there will be no mail service, government buildings will be closed, and most banks will not be open. Downtown street and deck parking is free, but Joliet City Hall is closed. However, Waste Management garbage collection will not be affected so leave your cans at the curb just as you would on a normal week. Because many use the day as an opportunity to focus on King and …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The yearly event pairs volunteers with local agencies to give back to the community.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Dawn Aulet
Wednesday, January 9
Last year, 212 people volunteered in the MLK day of service. The event is in its seventh year. "It started out very small, just a project at the church I attended," R. Dale Evans said. For the past two years, the Community Services Council has sponsored the event. Evans is a past president of the organization and is currently the chair of the MLK Day committee. The day of service is referred to as a day on, not a day off. Currently, a number of community groups are participating, creating volunteer opportunities for participants. "We could use other places; the hard part is, what comes first, the volunteers or the projects," Evans said. Last year, while there were 212 volunteers, the bulk of those who participated signed up at the last …