Stanford to mark 40th anniversary
of Martin Luther King's death


The 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be commemorated Friday at Stanford University with an event at noon including music and tributes.

There will also be tributes from people of various faiths at the event, to be held in the Old Student Union Courtyard near Tresidder Union. The event is free and open to the public.

King was shot to death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., while preparing for a march on behalf of striking sanitation workers.

The anniversary is a time "for all of us who were inspired by him to rededicate ourselves to his vision of global peace with social justice," Clayborne Carson, the director of the King Research and Education Institute, said. The institute is hosting the event.

"King was a Nobel Peace laureate and a great civil rights leader, but he should also be remembered as a proponent of the 'Social Gospel,' willing to devote his final days to the cause of Memphis sanitation workers," Carson said. "We honor him best by taking up his unfinished business."

-- Don Kazak

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Posted by Bethany
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Martin Lyther King Jr. was a good man he did not deserve to die. He is my hero.

I love you!

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Posted by june
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 4, 2008 at 1:10 pm

When King spoke about the racist past, he gloried in black people beating the odds to win equal rights by arming "ourselves with dignity and self-respect."

He expressed regret that some black leaders reveled in grievance, malice and self-indulgent anger in place of a focus on strong families, education and love of God.

Even in the days before Congress passed civil rights laws, King spoke to black Americans about the pride that comes from "assuming primary responsibility" for achieving "first class citizenship."

Obama has stopped all mention of government's inability to create strong black families, while the black community accepts a 70% out-of-wedlock birth rate.

Half of black and Hispanic children drop out of high school, but he no longer touches on the need for parents to convey a love of learning to their children.

There is no mention in his speeches of the history of expensive but ineffective government programs that encourage dependency.

He fails to point out the failures of too many poverty programs, given the 25% poverty rate in black America.

And he chooses not to confront the poisonous "thug life" culture in rap music that glorifies drug use and crime.

Instead the senator, in a full political pander, is busy excusing Rev. Wright's racial attacks as the right of the Rev.-Wright generation of black Americans to define the nation's future by their past.Web Link

What would MLK do? There is no question he would have left that church.

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Posted by joel
a resident of Ohlone School
on Apr 4, 2008 at 1:41 pm

In tribute to MLK we should also remember the aftermath of his murder.

Over the course of the following week, riots broke out in 125 cities nationwide.

In many instances the National Guard was required to quell the violence.

In Washington, Chicago and Baltimore, it took tens of thousands of regular army soldiers and Marines.

When they were over, some 39 people were dead, more than 2,600 injured and 21,000 arrested.

The damages were estimated at $65m - about $385m today.

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Posted by julie
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Black comedian Chris Rock tells a joke that goes something like this:

When a white friend told Chris Rock that he was on a street called Martin Luther King and asked what he should do,

Chris Rock answered,


At another time and on a more serious note, Rock said: "I don't care where you live in America, if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there's some violence going on."

He is right.

But in our zeal to honor King, we forget to ask a few fundamental questions that would show us that most of the streets, boulevards and avenues named for King actually disgrace his great legacy.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 4, 2008 at 5:41 pm

As a former leftist, who was part of a scoialist cell that castigated King as a co-opted "Negroe", in sevice to capitalist ruling elements, I now think that King was a remarkable man. He was not perfect, nor even a hero. He came out of the Black Baptist Church, which was fundamentalist, in many ways, and he took the Bible at face value.

I disagree with some of his decisions, especially his notion that socialist solutions are the best solutions, however, he was a man of his time, and he made the good fight. His death projected his own ideals, and I suspect that he is now smiling about that.

I could make all sorts of arguements, pro and con, but I wish to honor him, on this anniverary of his death.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 5, 2008 at 6:36 pm

And lest we forget, King was instrumental in selling far more people into slavery than Lincoln freed. Let's see how long this stays up.

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