Friday Four: Thank you Martin L.King Jr and Franklin McCain

mlkwwSome exciting things are going on. Last week Dr. Franklin McCain was laid to rest. Next week we will be celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These two courageous and powerful men have proven to be worthy of both our admiration and respect, based on the life they lived.

As I sit with my children, I discover so many qualities between these two men and decided to create a homeschool lesson about them. To my surprise they were deeply interested in what both Dr’s King and ” Greensboro Four”  MccCain stood for. Needless to say, I was ecstatic that they offered to help with this post. (Awe the rewards of motherhood) A part of their report follows.

Excerpts from:   2 Heroes: Martin L. King Jr. and Franklin McCain

When teenager Franklin McCain decided to make a stand against segregation at the F.W. Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, two thoughts weighed on him.

“If I were lucky, I would go to jail for a long, long time. If I were not quite so lucky,” he recalled to a reporter five decades later, “I would come back to my campus … in a pine box.”

Let’s inspire each other to be the best we can be! I say start by encouraging the best out of children.Need tips see this link for more details: Instilling “Black Pride” In Children Helps Them Perform Better Academically  

His name was originally Michael, not Martin. His father was also Michael King, hence why Martin Luther King Jr. was originally named Michael King Jr.

Here are 4 more facts I learned about “Our Friend Martin”:

1.He skipped both the ninth and the twelfth grade and entered Morehouse College at age fifteen without formally graduating from high school.

2. King married Coretta Scott, on June 18, 1953, on the lawn of her parents’ house in her hometown of Heiberger, Alabama. They had four children; Yolanda King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, and Bernice King.

3. At his funeral no mention of his awards and honors be made, but that it be said that he tried to “feed the hungry”, “clothe the naked”, “be right on the [Vietnam] war question”, and “love and serve humanity.”

4.In 1968, King and the SCLC organized the “Poor People’s Campaign” to address issues of economic justice. The campaign culminated in a march on Washington, D.C. demanding economic aid to the poorest communities of the United States.


That was pretty good huh? Want more ya’ll? Join me Monday!

MomsRising is doing it AGAIN. You’re invited to a Free Family-Friendly Event to celebrate Martin Luther King life and legacy in a way that children can understand. Featuring Dr. Charmaine McKissick-Melton who, along with her sisters and brother, was one of the first black children to desegregate Durham Public Schools. Highlights also include civil-rights themed crafts, musical performances by Musician Corps showcasing freedom songs and instruments popular in the civil rights movement, a photo gallery, and, of course, birthday cake! Sponsored by NC Momsrising, Northgate Mall, Lango Kids, Durham Mothers Club, Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club, Kids Voting Durham, and MomInChapelHill.

“Ignite The Fire And Carry On!”


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