Telling The Black History Stories of Jamaicans Around The World
[SOUTH FLORIDA] – Black history to many people means the recognition of popular African American leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman. With the push to recognize Black history “year-round, not just 28 days” it is necessary to celebrate all the important freedom fighters. Plus, stories that celebrate the historical importance of Jamaicans and celebrate Jamaica’s rich Black history. Jamaicans Making HistoryJamaicans.com covers the well-known Jamaican contributors to Black history such as Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, and Louise Bennet. Making HistoryBy telling the stories of Jamaicans throughout history, Jamaicans.com is ensuring that future Jamaicans will continue to strive for change.sflcn.com
Gallup: U.S. Political Party Preference Sees Dramatic Shift
A new Gallup poll released on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day revealed that Americans’ political party preferences dramatically shifted by the end of 2021 from a nine-point Democratic advantage to a five-point Republican edge. Researchers asked Independents whether they lean more toward the Republican or Democratic Party. According to Gallup, the combined percentage of party identifiers and leaners measures the relative strength of the two parties politically. Republicans held as much as a five-point advantage in a total of only four quarters since 1991. Gallup reported that in the fourth quarter, party support flipped as Republicans made gains, from 44% to 47%, and Democratic affiliation fell from 45% to 42%.thewestsidegazette.com
There is nothing new under the sun
A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.Whatever you put into an effort, that is what the results produce. If you know that you can serve without expecting anything outside the realm of helping a hurting people then you need not apply. 22 You were taught to ·leave [put off; lay aside] your old ·self [L person]—to stop living the evil way you lived before. That old self ·becomes worse [is decaying/being corrupted], because ·people are fooled by the evil things they want to do [L of the deceitfulness of their desires]. 23 But you were taught to be made new in ·your hearts [the spirit/attitude of your minds], 24 to ·become [put on; clothe yourself with] the new ·self [L person; or Man; C become like Christ].thewestsidegazette.com
Law enforcement community prepares to deal with outlaw riders on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is in five days and already the law enforcement community in South Florida was warning riders of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles to avoid taking to the streets or face the consequences.
'Trillion!': Harris corrects Biden on size of his already-passed spending plan
Sitting a few feet from President Joe Biden during his speech to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial's 10th anniversary, Vice President Kamala Harris was well-positioned to issue a quick correction when the president needed it.news.yahoo.com
Maine Man Charged with Hate Crime Offenses for Arson of Predominantly Black Church
A Maine man was charged today in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts, in connection with setting the Dec. 28, 2020, fire that destroyed the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Vulchev is currently in state custody and will make an initial appearance in federal court in Springfield at a later date. The government also alleges that Vulchev is also responsible for several other fires set on church property and for a series of tire slashings on church property and in the surrounding area. The additional fires alleged include a fire at the backdoor of the church on Dec. 13, 2020, and two additional fires near the rear door of the church on Dec. 15, 2020. Assistance was provided by Hampden District Attorney’s Office; Berkshire District Attorney’s Office; Springfield Police Department; Springfield Fire Department; Pittsfield Police Department; American International College Police Department; Houlton (Maine) Police Department; and Newington (Conn.) Police Department.justice.gov
With drivers confused, Atlantic City to redo BLM road paint
(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Atlantic City says it will redo a Black Lives Matter tribute on a street because the original painting of those words across the entire road confused motorists who didn't know where to drive on it. Instead, the words “Black Lives Matter” will be painted onto the repaved road in a manner that does not obscure lane divider markings, Mayor Marty Small said Thursday. “The words ”Black Lives Matter" will still be on the street." The road painting was a compromise that averted a potential confrontation between activists who wanted to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” on the famous Boardwalk, and city officials who would not allow it. City Council member LaToya Dunston accused the city of wasting taxpayer dollars by painting the road without knowing the rules governing it.
Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd
The New York Times first reported that a grand jury was hearing testimony against Chauvin. Floyd’s death sparked protests in Minneapolis and beyond and led to a nationwide reckoning on race. Like Chauvin, all three were fired soon after Floyd’s death. It’s unclear what specifically prompted the increased grand jury activity in the last few weeks, though most federal grand juries are discharged after about 18 months. Barr rejected the deal in part because he felt it was too soon as the investigation into Floyd’s death was still in its relative infancy, the officials said.
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: ‘Even as we grieved, we grew.’
American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. In one of the inauguration's most talked about moments, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew." Did you catch the 2 @HamiltonMusical references in the inaugural poem? “That day gave me a second wave of energy to finish the poem,” Gorman told the AP. Two other books come out in September — the illustrated “Change Sings” and a volume of her inaugural poem and other works.
WE Cannot Not Lose Sight of the Historic Milestones
Seeing them campaign and celebrate together highlighted the vital partnership between Black and Jewish leaders in our struggle toward equality. It reminded me of that historic photo of King holding up pictures of the martyred civil rights colleagues James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Yet many of us were robbed of the chance to fully appreciate and celebrate these historic milestones. Or the sight of the Confederate flag being paraded through the rotunda while rioters searched for members of Congress and the vice president. Congratulations, Madam Vice President..Ben Jealous serves as president of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation.thewestsidegazette.com
ATVs impounded and arrests made after Wheels Up, Guns Down ride
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Several ATVs, motorbikes and Slingshots are sitting at Downtown Towing on Tuesday after the annual Wheels Up, Guns Down ride on Martin Luther King Jr. Day led to a number of arrests and citations in South Florida. Police officers have been parked out front as people come to claim bikes that were confiscated. This year’s ride didn’t appear to have as many participants as in previous years. Downtown Towing in Miami-Dade said they had about 10 impounded vehicles this year, compared to about 70 a year ago. WATCH LIVE: Sky10 following groups of motorcycle and ATV riders out for the annual Wheels Up, Guns Down event that takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Large police presence across South Florida as authorities track Wheels Up, Guns Down riders
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Multiple people are facing several charges for their role in what has become a dangerous tradition on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in South Florida. A large group of the Wheels Up, Guns Down riders were seen in Northwest Miami-Dade County Monday afternoon. There has been a noticeable increase in police presence across Miami-Dade and Broward counties as authorities attempt to limit the danger. Watch as Sky10 followed several of the Wheels Up, Guns Down riders below:Wheels Up, Guns Down 2021 WATCH LIVE: Sky10 following groups of motorcycle and ATV riders out for the annual Wheels Up, Guns Down event that takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More: https://bit.ly/3sxkwL3 Posted by WPLG Local 10 on Monday, January 18, 2021For several days, authorities have been on alert, tracking bikers and riders in South Florida for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day rideout.
'People fail because they fear each other': 9 life and leadership lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than a day of celebration of the civil rights leader. From sermon in Montgomery, Alabama (1957)The core of servant leadership is to seek to serve others, and to add value to their lives. That's the ultimate benchmark for measuring the value of an organization and its leadership. If you can't walk, then crawl. Bernard Banks is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion and a Clinical Professor of Management at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.cnbc.com
MLK Day in Chicago
American Airlines Flight 191 crashed after takeoff from O'Hare International Airport on May 25, 1979, killing 273 people. The DC-10, carrying 13 crew members and 258 passengers, crashed 31 seconds after takeoff . All those aboard the jet and two people on the ground died.chicagotribune.com
Man who drove up steps of Wisconsin Capitol was intoxicated, not politically motivated, authorities say
Police said Willie Burks, 44, of Madison, drove up the exterior steps on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and around the exterior of statehouse just before 9:30 p.m. He then left the capitol grounds and drove against traffic before parking his vehicle.chicagotribune.com
WATCH: 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. parade replay
Because of the pandemic, you couldn’t watch the 44th-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade from the streets of Miami’s Liberty City this year, but Local 10 News brought it right to you in a virtual format. Our parade show aired on Local 10 at 1 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 18), including some elements with floats and bands that were pre-recorded to avoid large crowds. We also flashed back to the epic 2020 parade that you saw live on Local 10. In case you missed it, a replay of our 2021 parade broadcast can be seen in the video player at the top of this page. To see a presentation of the MLK Day Parade put together by the MLK Parade and Festivities Committee, watch the video below.
South Florida law enforcement officials on high alert ahead of annual ‘Wheels Up, Guns Down’ ride
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Authorities are getting ride-out ready ahead of the weekend before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “The goal is to prevent unnecessary delays, injuries and property damage associated with reckless driver behavior,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro Camacho said. Florida law also requires ATV riders to wear over-the-ankle boots, eye protection and a safety helmet. “We will be doing a high visibility patrol and we will be doing enforcement,” Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said. Organizers say the ride will be safe and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.“Let’s ride nationwide this Monday as we ride as we further show our abilities to unite and ride for a purpose,” one organizer said.
Miami Beach police task force makes hundreds of arrests, seizes multiple firearms
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A crime crackdown in Miami Beach is all thanks to a new task force. It’s a group of two dozen officers that have either cited or put behind bars hundreds of people for breaking the law in Miami Beach. Officer Ernesto Rodriguez with the Miami Beach Police Department said it’s a special group of uniformed, undercover and K9 officers and detectives aggressively cracking down on crime, including drinking and driving in the Art Deco cultural district of Miami Beach. “Dangerous folks who we’ve been able to prevent even more serious crimes from occurring,” said Officer Rodriguez. This special task force will keep hitting the streets for at least two more weeks.
Annual MLK Day Parade will be shown Jan. 18 on Local10.com
MIAMI, Fla. – The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Liberty City looked a little different this year because of the pandemic, but it was still the spirited and colorful event that’s been going on for 44 years. The parade happened on Friday, but you will only be able to watch it online and on television on Local 10 and Local10.com. If you want to tune in, we’ll be airing it Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. on Local10.com. “First of all, it’s creativity over everything else and is a way to bring a little bit of normal into our new normal,” she said.
Member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies from coronavirus
Lumpkin, a Los Angeles native, died Dec. 26, according to a statement from Los Angeles City College, which he attended from 1938 to 1940. Theodore Lumpkin Jr. was just days short of his 101st birthday. Lumpkin, a Los Angeles native, died Dec. 26, according to a statement from Los Angeles City College, which he attended from 1938 to 1940. The Tuskegee Airmen escorted bombers in Europe. In 2007, the Tuskegee Airmen were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Increase in cases of COVID-19 causing several major South Florida events to be postponed or cancelled
MIAMI – The coronavirus pandemic is forcing some popular events that bring tons of visitors and money into South Florida to be cancelled. With the positive cases of COVID-19 on the rise in South Florida, some events have even been postponed to next year due to them potentially becoming super spreader events. Art Basel has been canceled in Miami Beach, a big loss to the economy and tourism industry. In Fort Lauderdale, the Winterfest Boat Parade set to take place next month is a no-go. The big New Year’s Eve downtown countdown in Fort Lauderdale has yet to be decided upon.
1 dead, 1 detained in Broward following carjacking in Boca Raton
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A large police presence was spotted early Friday morning inside a Pompano Beach neighborhood, which authorities said was the result of a carjacking that occurred earlier in Boca Raton. According to Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carey Codd, Broward Regional Communications received a call shortly before 1 a.m. regarding a dark-colored Cadillac that had been stolen during a carjacking in Boca Raton. Codd said deputies tracked the vehicle, which came to a stop in the 1100 block of Northwest 18th Drive in Pompano Beach. uhh!’”Codd said another man, identified as Ariel Collazo, 23, of Tamarac, was found dead inside the stolen car from an apparent gunshot wound. One of the women later told Wright that the man who died was her nephew.
More punitive measures needed to deal with MLK Ride Out, Broward Sheriff says
Some MLK Rideout participants were breaking the ATV law on Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County. He said lawmakers and commissioners need to equip deputies with more punitive measures to have a more preventive approach. “They are overlooking any type of law that exists.”MLK Rideout participants break traffic laws Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County. Tony said Israel’s biggest weakness is that he was “too political" during his service as Sheriff from 2013 until his Jan. 11, 2019 suspension. Tony and Israel will debate the issues on a later episode of Local 10 News’ This Week in South Florida.
January 2020 Caucus Classic
After the meeting, the three close friends went up to Fort Lauderdale to play golf for three days. It was intended for a time of spiritually minded brothers in ministry and servants in the church to experience together 1.) Wholesome Fellowship. Thus, in January of 1983, several brothers came together in Fort Lauderdale, and experienced a refreshing time of wholesome fellowship. In January 1986, Dr. Horace Shepard, Jr. birthed the name of the group as the January Caucus Classic. Elder John Metoya and Dr. Curtis Eubanks serve as Co-Coordinators, Rev.thewestsidegazette.com
Spady Museum Pays Homage to Local Leaders At 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Brunch
At the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brunch, held on Jan. 20, Mark Reingold, Esq. was recognized for his nearly 20 years of service to the Spady Museum as a Board Trustee and legal counsel. He began his service on the museums advisory board that was formed before the Spady Museum opened. After holding the Brunch in Delray Beach for 19 years, the Spady Museum leadership moved the event to Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach to accommodate a larger audience. 2020 event sponsors include the City of Delray Beach, Delray Beach Redevelopment Agency, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Palm Beach County, Tourist Development Council, and Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.thewestsidegazette.com
Dozens arrested as ATV and dirt bike riders take to South Florida streets
An ATV rider does a wheelie while riding in Miami during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend in 2018. Year after year, riders of similar vehicles descend on South Florida with the stated aim of advocating for civil rights and gun violence. However, the weekend tends to end with scores of arrests and gun confiscations as it did this year.sun-sentinel.com
Democratic presidential candidates enjoy moment of harmony to mark King birthday
After the rally, several of the candidates rushed to catch flights to a forum on policy issues facing black voters in Des Moines, Iowa. The days events marked a rare moment of apparent harmony between candidates, including Sanders, Warren and Joe Biden, who have clashed in recent days. South Carolina Democrats hold the fourth nominating contest on Feb. 29, before the 14 states holding contests on Super Tuesday on March 3. A quarter of black voters said they were undecided. Democrats have crafted competing policies on voter suppression, economic development and criminal justice reform aimed at courting black voters.feeds.reuters.com
Law enforcement gives warning to dangerous drivers speeding through streets before MLK event
MIAMI – Streets were swarmed in downtown Miami on Saturday and reckless wheelies were being popped on I-95 Sunday. The event happens every year on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is on Monday. Despite a stern warning from law enforcement, more than 100 riders sped down the streets of Miami, weaving in and out of traffic dangerously as passing drivers did their best to avoid them. “I don’t think they should be doing that because especially there is a lot of traffic down here,” Hernandez said. Law enforcement officials said they will hold accountable anybody making the streets unsafe and are discouraging riders from taking to roadways this weekend, or else they could be arrested and their vehicles impounded.
Martin Luther King's daughter tells Facebook disinformation helped kill civil rights leader
FILE PHOTO: The Reverend Bernice King daughter of Martin Luther King Jr speaks at the National Bar Association's 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin GentrySAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Disinformation campaigns helped lead to the assassination of Martin Luther King, the daughter of the U.S. civil rights champion said on Thursday after the head of Facebook said social media should not factcheck political advertisements. Kings daughter, Bernice, tweeted that she had heard the speech. Id like to help Facebook better understand the challenges #MLK faced from disinformation campaigns launched by politicians. We look forward to continuing this important dialogue with her in Menlo Park next week, a Facebook spokesperson said.feeds.reuters.com
Detectives investigate woman's murder in Miami's Liberty City
Detectives investigate a woman's murder Sunday morning in Miami's Liberty City. Photo by Brandon Akinbiyi/Local 10 NewsMIAMI - Police officers reported finding a woman dead on Sunday morning after a shooting in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood. Officer Kenia Fallat, a spokeswoman for the department, said Miami Fire Rescue personnel pronounced the woman dead. Crime scene technicians collected evidence after a shooting Sunday morning in Miami's Liberty City. Photo by Brandon Akinbiyi/Local 10 NewsThe murder investigation was steps away from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
From the archives: LBJ signs the Civil Rights Act
From the archives: LBJ signs the Civil Rights Act Watch excerpts from President Lyndon B. Johnson's televised speech on July 2, 1964, as he signed the landmark Civil Rights Act to address racial discrimination and inequality. "We have come now to a time of testing - we must not fail," he told an audience of lawmakers and civil rights advocates, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.cbsnews.com