Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — One of the Most Influential Americans

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century. He is remembered for his leadership in the civil rights struggles during the 1950s and 1960s in the American South. Dr. King is also remembered for his powerful speeches and sermons, his philosophy of nonviolent resistance,” and his commitment to ending segregation, unjust laws, and poverty.

Dr. King’s father, also named Martin, was a Baptist pastor, and he taught young Martin that segregation was wrong. These many conversations and experiences with his father would shape young Martin’s life in powerful ways and would, in fact, prepare him to be a great American leader.

Although Martin’s life ended violently, he will always be remembered for his peaceful marches and for his speeches about social change. Every year, on the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national holiday. It also allows Americans to remember that the dream of equality and the promise of justice for all is still a work-in-progress.

When we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. we are not only remembering a great American, but a great person. Dr. King said that he wanted to be remembered as a person who “gave his life in the service of others.” He wanted to be remembered as a person who fed the hungry and loved other people—regardless of race.

The above is an excerpt from All About Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Todd Outcalt and published by Blue River Press 2016.

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Ready for 90 More Years with Betty White

Betty White turns 99 on Sunday, January 17th. Wow! This television legend and darling of the silver screen captivates our attention and brings smiles to our faces. This year, she will be celebrating her birthday in quarantine, but she’s still going to be busy working on the rerelease of her 1970’s syndicated television show produced by her late husband, Allen Ludden, The Pet Set. Featuring her love of animals, celebrities such as Mary Tyler Moore, James Stewart, Burt Reynolds, Doris Day, and Carol Burnett among others will make a special appearance. Based on her long, successful career, we are ready for 90 more years with Betty White.

Back when Betty turned 90, author, Andrew E. Stoner, wrote a book about her first 90 years. Betty White: The First 90 Years is a book you don’t want to pass up because this book takes a fan-based look at one of America’s most loved and most enduring stars – and if the first nine decades of her life are any indication – there’s a lot of fun still to come.

Look inside and roam Betty’s roles from her snarky, unforgettable appearances as Sue Ann Nivens on the ground-breaking Mary Tyler Moore Show to her naïve air-headed Rose Nylund, one fourth of the mega-hit sitcom, The Golden Girls.  

A whole new generation of fans know Betty only from her appearances on Saturday Night Live, Boston Legal, Hot in Cleveland, or her scene-stealing ways on the big screen including Lake Placid and The Proposal.  Betty’s career spans from the very start of television to the phenomena now known as social media. 

Mixed in with the significant accomplishments of this TV pioneer, Betty White: The First 90 Years, is full of a lot of laughs and fun memories from her literally thousands of hours of TV appearances.  Whether it’s Sue Ann Nivens’ “how to get the man” advice, to one of Rose Nylund’s St. Olaf stories, you’ll enjoy spending time with the last of America’s truly Golden Girls!

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