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NEWS
January 20, 2003
OF ALL PEOPLE, George W. Bush has made Martin Luther King relevant again. Don't get us wrong. The slain pacifist and preacher is always relevant. His message of economic justice and service continues to inspire. Witness the health and vigor of the Martin Luther King Day of Service and the thousands of volunteers it attracts. But like other people we have commemorated - George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, veterans - King is always in danger of becoming another reason to hold a sale.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everything changed, Martin Luther King offensive tackle Dontae Angus said, when the University of Florida fired offensive-line coach and area recruiting coordinator Tim Davis at the end of last season's 4-8 showing. "I had my heart set on Florida, but I lost all contact with them after that happened," said the 6-foot-6, 328-pound senior, who committed to the Gators in July. "I never heard from them again. " Forced to switch gears late in the recruitment process, Angus visited West Virginia last weekend and committed to the Mountaineers on Wednesday, national signing day. "The people at West Virginia really welcomed me and my mom [Jounieta Williams]
NEWS
January 17, 2006
IT IS GREAT that Martin Luther King has a holiday in his honor. As an African-American and third-generation to graduate from an African-American college, I feel proud there is a holiday that celebrates the life of an African-American. However, why is Martin Luther King the only African-American to have a holiday? In my opinion, Harriet Tubman, Jack Johnson and Malcolm X are just as worthy. So what does the holiday really mean to African-Americans who still live in a society that, as Malcolm X once said, "resembles a modern plantation"?
NEWS
April 4, 2008 | By DAVID W. BROWN
FORTY SECONDS. In the scheme of things, 40 seconds speeds by in the blink of an eye. Today, 40 seconds can sum up a lifetime. April 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, at 6:01 p.m. Memphis time, King was felled by an assassin's bullet - ending the life of a dreamer, but not the dream. To commemorate the milestone, hundreds of individuals and organizations will gather today at Franklin Square Park. In the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge, we will stand together, lining the perimeter of the park at exactly 7:01 p.m. for 40 seconds of silence acknowledging the anniversary and committing ourselves to achieving the peaceful, just society that King lived, worked and died for. We're calling this the Bridge Walk for Peace, and hope to establish it as an annual tradition here in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
November 11, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Joseph Walker threw a 50-yard touchdown pass and ran for two other scores to send Martin Luther King to a 32-7 victory over Mastery Charter North in the Public League Class AAA football final Saturday at Northeast. Walker completed 6 of 13 passes for 156 yards - including a 50-yard strike to Delane Hart for the Cougars' first touchdown - and added scoring runs of 18 and 46 yards. King gained 277 rushing yards on 37 attempts and held Mastery North to 59 yards on the ground. The Cougars scored 32 unanswered points after the Pumas struck first on an 80-yard pass from Donovan Crabbe to Nasirr Mayo.
SPORTS
March 19, 2015 | BY TOM SIXEAS, For the Daily News
CHAMBERSBURG - After leading for most of the first 2 1/2 quarters, Martin Luther King High fell behind briefly before limiting Taylor Allderdice to just five points over the final quarter-and-a-half in the Cougars' 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals last night at CASHS Field House. The victory puts MLK in the state championship game for the first time in school history. It will take on Roman Catholic, a 69-66 winner over J.P. McCaskey, at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK in the schools' previous meeting this season, 58-57, on Feb. 27. "I'm proud of our guys.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I'M SO frustrated I could cry. Monday is Martin Luther King Day, and I'd hoped to commemorate it by staging a reading of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. I imagined city leaders, school kids, moms, dads - folks from every walk of life - reading the speech one line at a time. They'd perform for an audience stirred anew by the slain civil-rights leader's seminal call to action in the name of equality and humanity. I'd then live-stream the reading on Philly.com for all to savor.
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
WHEN MARTIN Luther King High head football coach Ed Dunn met with school administrators in preparation for the merger with now-closed Germantown High, he had something specific in mind. "They were asking us, 'What were our goals for the season and did we think we could win?' And I flat-out told them we could win a championship, and that was our goal from Day 1. So, the one thing I would take away from all this is: Have an audacious goal and don't be afraid to dream big. " "All this" refers to the successful 2013 season captured by the documentary film, "We Could Be King," which will appear tomorrow night at 8 o'clock on ESPN2.
NEWS
September 10, 1999 | by Earni Young, Daily News Staff Writer
The walls of four recently vacated towers that constitute the Martin Luther King public housing project will come tumbling down Sunday, Oct. 17 - not with a bang but a muffled roar. The implosion of the towers will clear the way for the construction of a $90 million community consisting of 92 new townhouses that will be sold to working-class families and 12 affordable rental units. Controlled Demolition Inc. (CDI) which won the $1.9 million contract for MLK, has also been hired to take down the two remaining towers at Southwark in South Philadelphia later this year.
NEWS
September 24, 2011 | BY DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
FURTHER REVIEW is needed after a damning report released Thursday shed light on the ugly backroom political wrangling surrounding Martin Luther King High School, a good-government watchdog and parent advocates said yesterday. Zack Stalberg, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, said it was important to determine if any laws were broken. "It really says something about the political culture in Philadelphia," he said. "Knowing these [investigative] agencies, they'll have to take a hard look at this.
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NEWS
August 2, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
In the back of the house at 753 Walnut St. in Camden, back through a small gravel alley that glitters with broken glass, over piles of debris and under a crumbling roof, you can just make out the boarded-up window of a bedroom that may have been where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed in 1950, when he was a student at the now-closed Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland. King was living at the house when he was refused service at a bar in nearby Maple Shade, an incident that sparked his lifelong crusade for civil rights, according to activist Patrick Duff, who has compiled dozens of documents on the time period.
NEWS
July 15, 2016
Five people were injured, including three children, in an automobile accident Wednesday afternoon on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, authorities said. The accident involving at least two vehicles occurred shortly before 5 p.m. near the Falls Bridge, authorities said. The five people injured were transported to area hospitals. The extent of their injuries was not immediately available. The cause of the crash was under investigation. - Robert Moran
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, STAFF WRITER
The School District of Philadelphia has abruptly canceled the appearance of controversial black nationalist Umar Johnson as keynote speaker at Martin Luther High School's June 20 graduation. Johnson, a self-described pan-Africanist who claims to be a blood relative of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, was dumped after the paper asked the School District about his role at the ceremony. "Assistant Superintendent Eric Becoats and [King] Principal Keisha Wilkins decided to change speakers Wednesday, June 1, after reviewing feedback and concerns related to Umar Johnson," district spokeswoman Raven Hill said in a statement released Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | Howard Gensler
Kylo Ren was no match for Kevin Hart . "Ride Along 2," also starring Ice Cube , topped the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in North America with an estimated $41.5 million over four days, according to studio estimates Monday. The box office-topping performance of "Ride Along 2" lent a timely reminder to Hollywood of the power of diversity at the multiplex, even when there's no diversity at the Oscars. In second was "The Revenant," which earned $39 million over four days, capitalizing on its leading 12 Oscar nominations Thursday.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I'M SO frustrated I could cry. Monday is Martin Luther King Day, and I'd hoped to commemorate it by staging a reading of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. I imagined city leaders, school kids, moms, dads - folks from every walk of life - reading the speech one line at a time. They'd perform for an audience stirred anew by the slain civil-rights leader's seminal call to action in the name of equality and humanity. I'd then live-stream the reading on Philly.com for all to savor.
NEWS
January 9, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
Days before the Martin Luther King holiday, and against a national backdrop of fatal police shootings of young black men, some of the nation's most prominent African American activists are coming to Philadelphia to call for change. "It's an incredible, incredible moment," said the Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Society Hill. "The needs of the black community have been put on the back burner for far too long. " The organizers, known as the Black Radical Organizing Collective, issued a "Call to Action" that decried society's "return to the most rabid forms of racism," and a government that represses immigrants and Muslims while unleashing "a reign of racist police terror against people of color.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Following a stirring student choral performance of "We Shall Overcome" on Wednesday, organizers announced plans for Philadelphia's 21st annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, and unveiled a 36-foot-long mural depicting the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955. Organizer Todd Bernstein, president of the nonprofit Global Citizen, which promotes volunteer service, said he hopes Philadelphia will break national records for volunteerism this MLK Day, Jan. 18. He is also founder and director of the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service.
NEWS
September 21, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
To be sure, the idea of portraying the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on screen presented David Oyelowo with vast challenges: How to capture the spirit of a hugely historic figure, his timbre and tenacity, the oratorial power, the vision, the flaws? When Ava DuVernay's Selma was released at Christmas, the consensus was just about universal that the British actor had nailed it. He won the approval of King's family and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Indie Spirit Award; the film was in contention for a Best Picture Oscar.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
IT MAY HAVE been the only time in her 66-year existence that Karen Asper Jordan didn't know what to say. It happened on the afternoon of Aug. 3, 1965 - 50 years ago. For 13 weeks, the 16-year-old Simon Gratz High School student had thrown her body and soul into the fight to desegregate Girard College in North Philadelphia, a stone's throw from her home. As a charter member of civil-rights activist Cecil B. Moore's "Young Militants," Karen Asper had sung "freedom songs" into the summer nights and would scream bloody murder that coming winter when she saw cops beat her friend nicknamed "Tree" to within an inch of his life at a protest.
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