Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter! Also Today is 42nd Anniversary of MLK's Death

Happy Easter Everyone! As usual, Christians around the world rejoice, but Easter this year also happened to fall on the 42nd anniversary of Martin Luther King's death. More about that later.

First, CNN's running a slideshow of Easter celebrations from around the planet. For Christians this holiday is celebrated as as the anniversary of Jesus the Messiah's resurrection. However, the spring celebration is much older than Christianity, dating back to Pagan rebirth festivals.

Acknowledging that it is the 42nd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's death, CNN is also running commentary from Eddie S. Glaude, the chair of the Center for African-American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Princeton University. He's written the piece King's Easter message.

Back in 2007, I learned that my poem about King, "Remembering A Life," was used at an official, public commemoration of the 40th anniversary of King's death in Virginia. It's seems appropriate to add that since today is April 4th and April is also National Poetry Month.

A friend at BlogHer told me that today is also the 43rd anniversary of King's speech against the War in Viet Nam, and she feels the speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," is still relevant today. She said, it was "given to an assemblage of Clergy and Laity Concerned About The War being held at Riverside Church in New York City precisely one year before he was killed."

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