Celebrate Martin Luther King

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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Born January 15

    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., twentieth-century America’s most compelling and effective civil rights leader, was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.” (LOC) Read a concise biography of Dr. King with links to relevant Library of Congress materials.

    “One of the most visible advocates of nonviolence and direct action as methods of social change, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta on 15 January, 1929.” (CLAYBORNE CARSON) Read this biography of King by one of the world’s most prominent historians and scholars of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
    Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Source: Clayborne Carson, Stanford University
  • Inauguration Day

    It is that time again: time to roll out the red carpet and welcome a new president to lead our country. The inauguration for the first U.S. president, George Washington, took place on April 30, 1789 in New York City. Since then, inauguration day has been moved a couple of times, with the 20th Amendment to the Constitution finally establishing noon on January 20 as the official date and time. No matter your party preference, the inaugural is an occasion to be celebrated by all Americans, since it highlights the peaceful and orderly transfer of power. For more information on the history and practices of inaugural ceremonies, pick up a copy of Paul F. Boller’s Presidential Inaugurations or U.S. presidential inaugurations by Andrew Santella.

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    Presidential Inauguration

    SIRS Knowledge Source®

    SIRS Knowledge Source President-elect Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the nation’s 44th president on January 20, an occasion steeped in over two centuries of American history and tradition.

    On that day, he will take the oath of office, promising to “faithfully execute the office of President of the United States” and to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    That oath and other inaugural rituals, including an inaugural address, were established during the country’s first presidential inauguration of George Washington on April 30, 1789. While the significance of the day’s key events remain largely unchanged, the particulars of and the festivities surrounding the occasion have evolved.

    In 1809, James Madison held the first inaugural ball. By 1841, the largely military parade had become a civic celebration including floats and bands. Warren G. Harding, in 1921, was the first president to ride in an automobile to his inauguration. Franklin D. Roosevelt began the tradition of attending a morning church service prior to inaugural events; also in 1933, the 20th Amendment was ratified, declaring that the President’s term of office shall begin on January 20 in the year following the election.

    Our January Spotlight of the Month commemorates more than two centuries of presidential inaugurations, surveying past Inauguration Days and highlighting the inauguration of Barack Obama, themed “A New Birth of Freedom.” Articles and Web sites include:


    1. Presidential Inaugurations

    2. Election 2008 Timeline

    3. The Obama Story: The Improbable Journey

    4. Armed Forces Inaugural Committee Prepares to Welcome New President

    5. Confident Reagan Takes Over


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