Walking And Singing With Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King with The March Against Fear, 1966

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
     – Martin Luther King

In celebration of this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, a “national day on,” we will offer some material throughout the day to help consider the legacy of MLK, and his enduring challenge to all Americans.  There’s a powerful metaphor The act of marching, as in The March Against Fear above, pushed at regional, rural, and urban boundaries – and linked communities across the country through a shared belief in human dignity.
Here’s John Lewis and Harris Wofford, some of the congressional leaders responsible for officially transforming MLK Day from a holiday to a day of service. Please follow the link above to find opportunities to volunteer:

Smithsonian Folkways’ Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966 contains many songs that may have been heard by Dr. King and his fellow marchers on that day in rural Mississippi when the photograph above was taken. Here’s one selection from that recording: “Lord Hold My Hand While I Run This Race:”