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Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Chinese New Year

January 05, 2009 by Sheila

Cultural activities for January 2009 include the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and the start of the Chinese New Year.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
is a national holiday honoring the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The holiday falls on the third Monday in January.  In 2009, the day will be celebrated on January 19th.  In recent years, the holiday has also included the King Day of Service, for those who wish to honor Dr. King with service to their community.  To learn more about how to get involved in this year’s King Day of Service, and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the following websites:

Locally, activities are being planned for the 14th annual Dr. King Youth rally.  For more information contact or call 402-441-4664.

A sampling of books by or about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. available at Lincoln City Libraries include:
      The Trumpet of Conscience by Martin Luther King, Jr.
      Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr.
      Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.
      The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. selected by Coretta Scott King
      The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion: quotations from the speeches, essays and  books   of Martin Luther King, Jr.  selected by Coretta Scott King 
      A Testament of Hope: the essential writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by James M. Washington
     The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson
     What Manner of Man: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Lerone Bennett
     Let the Trumpet Sound: the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Stephen B. Oates
     We Shall Overcome: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Freedom Struggle edited by  Peter J. Albert and Ronald Hoffman
     Parting The Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
     Bearing The Cross: Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow
     Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties by Harris Wofford
     My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.


Chinese New Year:
The Year of the Ox/Chinese New Year is a 15 day celebration that begins January 26, 2009. 

There is a wealth of information available about this event on the Internet.  The following websites provide good background and detail on the celebration:

Also, staff at Lincoln City Libraries is available to help locate items about the Chinese New Year.  Most items in the library collection are located in the youth section, j394.26.








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