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Vol. ll,No. 12
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
By Barbara Milhaven
Who knew when Martin Luther King Jr. was born, on January 15,1929, that this
Southern African American baby boy would come to be so revered in the United
States and the world that he would be honored with a federal holiday? In 1983,
Congress designated the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
This reverence is a tribute to his relentless, nonviolent struggle for racial equality,
especially in this country. In the early part of the 20th century, who could have
foreseen that Barack Obama, an African American man, would be twice elected as
President of the United States?
Many people in this country railed against the injustice of segregation; the
inequality in education, job opportunity and housing; and the repression of minority
races, but few fought to alleviate these ills. Using spoken and written persuasion,
public nonviolent resistance, and civil disobedience. Dr. King did just that and much
more. He worked for 13 years as a leader of the civil rights movement in America,
resulting in the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, which eliminated legalized
racial segregation, and in 1965 the Voting Rights Act, eliminating voting barriers.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, the son of a minister who became
a minister. His strong Christian faith and admiration for world pacifists like
Mohandas Gandhi gave him the courage to withstand, with dignity, many societal
injustices and harrowing personal attacks, including the multiple bombings of his
home, physical and verbal abuse, multiple arrests and imprisonment.
He earned a doctorate in theology from Boston University in 1955, and from his
Ebenezer Baptist Church pulpit in Montgomery, Alabama, he delivered his famous
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” In 1963 he organized the 250,000-person march
to Washington, where he delivered his acclaimed “I Have a Dream” speech. For
these powerful speeches and all of his work on behalf of underprivileged Americans
and racial equality and harmony in the world. Dr. King received many awards and
citations—and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4,
1968. His dream, only partially realized in his lifetime, lives on in his writings and
speeches, monuments and memorial tributes that encourage and inspire people to
work toward fulfilling these ideals. His words still ring true to this day: Darkness
cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only
love can do that.”
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PKS History Exhibit Wins
Statewide Newsome Award
By Michelle Powers
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working
together is success.”—Henry Ford
The Pine Knoll Shores History Committee certainly knows the truth in that
statement. The committees collaboration with the Carteret County Historical
Society (CCHS) on the exhibit “Beach Town in a Forest—The Story of Pine Knoll
Shores” garnered the prestigious Albert Newsome Award from the Federation of
North Carolina Historical Societies at the federations annual meeting in November.
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Pictured from left: Pine Knoll Shores History Committee members Martha Edwards, Walt
Zaenker, Jean Macheca and Michelle Powers and Carteret County Historical Society Director
Steve Anderson. History Committee members not pictured are Phyllis Makuck, Ted Lindblad
and Clark Edwards.—P/)oto by Michael Cross