Media Release

Posted by Lee Gordon on 30th January 2010

By January of 2010, it was no news to anyone that our world had changed dramatically since MLK Day in 2008. Many of us were already frightened about our jobs, savings, homes and retirement — indeed frightened about our very futures. In researching a theme for the 2010 events, we revisited the speech delivered by Dr. King on April 4th, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at the Riverside Church in New York City; Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break Silence and the following statement by Dr. King seemed to resonate with us as the 2009 theme:
If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight. The entire speech is Here

With this mandate to act, the MLK Coalition-Hawai`i was again honored to extend its invitation to the community and its many organizations and individuals to participate in the 21st Annual MLK Parade & Celebration which was held on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday on Monday, January 19, 2009. And the community responded. The 2009 event was by-far the largest in our 21-year history!

Our parade began at Magic Island and moved thru Waikiki to Kapiolani Park and the Unity Celebration, with its exciting program of live music and dance, ethnic & local food, community organization booths — and much camaraderie. We commend the many who helped make our 2009 parade & rally events the great success they indeed were. View 2009 photos Here.

The Hawai`i MLK Day parade is truly “the people’s parade”. We have no staff and only a small group of volunteers working with little budget and our growth and achievements through the years are entirely because of the combined volunteer support of our local community and its rainbow of organizations and individuals. A sincere mahalo to you! In 2009, over 50 units and some 2000 people marched or rode in the parade, many thousands watched from the sidewalks and buildings in Waikiki, and an estimated 3000 attended the 2008 post-parade Rally.

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Kahu: Leis for the March from Selma

Posted by Lee Gordon on 21st January 2010

Monday, January 21, 2008

On the holiday to remember Martin Luther King, we honor a Hawaiian
civil rights leader, too, and his floral gift to the historic march
on Montgomery.  More

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Lost King Speech To Be Heard After 50 Years

Posted by Lee Gordon on 17th January 2010

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
January 17, 2010
Lost King Speech To Be Heard After 50 Years
by Carla Eckels
“Officials at Bethel College in Newton, Kan., on Monday will play a
recording of a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that hasn’t been
heard in half a century. It’s the only recording of the speech that
exists, and until recently, school officials thought it was lost for
good.”
Text & audio file Here

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Remembering King And The ‘Fierce Urgency Of Now’

Posted by Lee Gordon on 17th January 2010

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
January 17, 2010
Remembering King And The ‘Fierce Urgency Of Now’
by E. Ethelbert Miller
“The fierce urgency of now is what Martin Luther King mentioned back
in 1963. But how long is now?”
Text & audio file Here.

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Haiti outreach gets aid on MLK’s day

Posted by Lee Gordon on 16th January 2010

HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN
JANUARY 16, 2010
Haiti outreach gets aid on MLK’s day
Hawaii’s network of Haitians connect to share precious information
By Rob Shikina

The peace bell tolled not only in memory of Martin Luther King Jr., but also for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

It was the 22nd annual birthday celebration held by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition Hawaii at the Nagasaki Peace Bell on the grounds of Honolulu Hale last night. Read the rest of this entry »

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WINNERS OF 8TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PEACE POETRY CONTEST TO RECEIVE AWARDS

Posted by Lee Gordon on 5th January 2010

MEDIA RELEASE
April 12, 2007

Mayors and Dignitaries To Present Grand Prizes During National Poetry Month Winners of the Eighth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Contest sponsored by the International Peace Poem Project will be honored during events on Oahu, Maui, Kaui, and Hawai`i. There are over 250 winners from the 1300+ entrees submitted state-wide by Hawai`i students. The deadline for entries was February 28, 2007. MORE

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