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Martin Luther King at Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial in 1968. Barack Obama used the day before his inauguration to honour the spirit of King. Photograph: Francis Miller/Getty

Picture story : Obama honours Martin Luther King on last day before presidency begins

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Martin Luther King


Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today.

A Baptist minister,[1] King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president.

King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_king

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm

World focus on Burma (17 January 2009)

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US House International Relations committee chairman Berman …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Congress passed the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act (HR 3890) last July to stop Burma from importing jade and rubies …

Top Filipino officials trust it will still be business as usual
Manila Times, Philippines –
These include climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), human rights in Burma and …

Iraq signs up to ban use of chemical weapons
Jakarta News, Indonesia –
They are the Bahamas, Myanmar (Burma), the Dominican Republic, Israel, Angola, North Korea, Egypt, Somalia, and Syria. Four of those nations, the Bahamas, …

Battle of the beers
Examiner.com –
Myanmar Lager Beer – brewed in Burma. Clean, low flavor profile, refreshing, fresh, adequate and refreshing hop bite, but minimal. …

Bush Waives Sanctions Under Burma Bill
The Washington Independent, DC –
By Mike Lillis 1/16/09 11:39 PM With just days left in his tenure, President George W. Bush yesterday scrapped a portion of a Burma-sanctions law that was …

2009 World Report: Obama Should Emphasize Human Rights
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
Filipino activists hold demonstrations in front of the Israeli embassy in Manila to protest what they call a massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. …

Sundance Buyers Seek Bargains as Studios Pull Back
Bloomberg –
HBO said yesterday that it acquired a documentary, “Burma VJ,” about journalists in the country now called Myanmar. Also present at Sundance are New …

141 foreign prisoners await release despite terms completion
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Among them are two Indians, one Saudi and an American while the others are Bangladeshi, Burmese, Iraqi, Iranian, South African, Nigerian, Ivory Coast, …

Honoring Martin Luther King done with service, not rest
Deseret News, UT –
“We as people on the face of this earth … we all owe somebody,” said Frank Cordova, who was honored for his work as an Hispanic rights activist. …

China Vows To Keep Up Africa Investment, Aid Despite Fincl Woes
Wall Street Journal –
… the discussion and resolutions around sensitive international issues such as the Zimbabwe crisis and the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

In the line of fire
Times Online, UK –
Not one died in Europe or North America, but from Zimbabwe to China and Egypt to Burma, mainstream media are cowed by the enemies of dissent. …

Dhaka calling
The National, United Arab Emirates –
“I simply wrote a play about what our political leaders were doing in the name of democracy,” he said. “But our government did not like it. …

Caritas pleased with donor response to Burma (Myanmar) appeal
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
New Zealanders have so far given about $130000 to the Burma/Myanmar cyclone appeal run by Catholic aid agency Caritas, and donations continue to flow in. …

S.Africa assures China of political continuity
AFP –
… the discussion and resolutions around sensitive international issues such as the Zimbabwe crisis and the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Why Another Insane Government?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Kanbawza Win The New Year declaration of the National Council of Burma (NCUB) has convinced the international community that the saying of “Putting two …

13227 foreign prisoners in Pakistani jails despite completing sentence: NA informed
Online – International News Network, Pakistan –
Three prisoners of Kyrgyzstan, 2 from Ghana, 1 from Dominique, 2 from Uzbekistan, 1 from Siera Leone, 2 from Zimbabwe while 1 citizen of China, Burma, …

Gaza from our window
The Charlatan, Canada –
… Burma, Zimbabwe and many others. The media is the most powerful aspect of a democracy, but we must hold the powerful accountable and know our own role …

Activists Welcome New Thai Government’s Policy Stance on Burma
Voice of America –
Mr Abhisit, in an address to foreign correspondents this week, said the government would look to encourage reform in Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

PTTEP well misses the mark off Burma
EnergyCurrent, TX –
Upon receiving approval from the Burmese government, CNOOC Myanmar Ltd. will hold the remaining 20 percent interest. Readers are responsible for the content …

Sundance Zooms On As Recession Hits Host City
SHOOT Online (subscription), CT –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 17, 2009 at 4:10 am