Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to the Bleeding Heartland community. Here are some links I enjoyed today.
Mother Jones put together a slide show on how we got this holiday, with photos of those who helped, and those who stood in the way.
Here are a couple dozen quotes from the civil rights leader.
Listen here as MLK explains, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam.”
The AFSCME blog compiled some of MLK’s comments about labor.
Susannah Heschel describes the relationship between Dr. King and her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.
This is an open thread.
The 22nd annual event hosted by the Iowa Department of Human Rights and the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans took place this morning at the Iowa Historical Building. Branstad was scheduled and listed in the program as signing a proclamation as well as delivering an address.
Branstad arrived around 10:40 a.m., signed the proclamation and made a few statements. He was then overheard apologizing to some of the event organizers, saying he was too busy to give the address, noting that this is one of his first days in office. Branstad was sworn in Friday.
Branstad then took a few questions from the press before he and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds left.
Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for the governor, said Branstad was in meetings today that weren’t open to the public.
Wonder who he made time for on the holiday.