Jan 1986: First federal observance of Martin Luther King Day
In the Name of Martin, We Ain't Going Back' Martin Luther King Roundup By The Associated Press Some celebrated the first federal observance of Martin Luther King Day in black tie, others donned overalls, but the sentiments of all echoed the words of U.S. Rep. Ronald Dellums: "You BBS mi iTiim T1 I Nil I HID I I 33nz 17 VVf f"55ff!T!SB mm in 2Diehiftnec'oudSura 7.TheSceindows i 8 Pictur. I's J you. f ENJOY SOOTHING RELAXATION AND LET US WAIT ON rLUo 21 Delicious Dinners 21 Big Tasty Sandwiches mm Trim i MOST SCENIC Waverly, N.Y. - 3 minutes ' from ..... cm Exit 60 Rt.17 607-565-2817 607-565-2817 607-565-2817 607-565-2817 607-565-2817 might have killed the dreamer, but you did not kill the dream." The black ties were worn by those who paid up to $750 a ticket to benefit the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Non-Violent Non-Violent Social Change and watch singer Stevie Wonder and a score of other celebrities perform at Washington's Kennedy Center Monday night. The overalls were found on some of the hundreds hundreds of Wisconsin volunteers, led by Gov. Anthony Anthony S. Earl, who used their day off to wade into snowy fields and help beleaguered farmers harvest corn. Around the nation, the day set aside for the civil rights activist assassinated in 1968 was marked by protest marches, prayers, pealing bells, speeches and renewed pledges to continue King's work. Fifteen thousand people marched down Atlanta's Atlanta's streets after a three-hour three-hour three-hour ecumenical service service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King once was pastor. Earlier, King's son Dexter laid a wreath at his father's tomb, and the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference challenged the nation to move toward complete racial equality. "In the name of Martin, we ain't going back," said the Rev. Joseph Lowery, head of the organization that King founded. "We've come too far, we've worked too strenuously, we've marched too long, we've prayed too hard, we've wept too bitterly, we've bled too profusely and we've died too young." Lowery joined Vice President George Bush, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, Sen. Edward Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., D-Mass., D-Mass., Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and members of King's family at the service service "You might have killed the dreamer, but you did not kill the dream," Dellums, a California Democrat, told 2,500 marchers lining the steps of the Legislative Building in Olympia, Wash. Philadelphia's Mayor W. Wilson Goode told thousands gathered for a nine-hour nine-hour nine-hour ecumenical service, "Because Dr. King marched to protest injustice I can stand here as the mayor of the fifth-largest fifth-largest fifth-largest city in America." Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, who also is black, credited the Nobel Peace prize winner for his election as well. In San Francisco, 60,000 people cheered at Civic Center Plaza when Mayor Dianne Feins-tein, Feins-tein, Feins-tein, speaking beneath a double rainbow of colored colored balloons, said the realization of King's dream will be "a black American in the White House." Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the National National Association i or the Advancement of Colored Colored People reminded a packed house at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark., "More people started following Dr. King the night he died than ever followed him during his life. Many of us have forgotten that just before his death, there was talk that his movement had come to an end." In Memphis, Term., the town in which King w was slain April 4, 1968, the Rev. James F, Smith -said -said at a'nremorial service that young people ,know tooffipe'abbut the civil rights movement." ii:i"They loofeat South Africa and they can't believe it," he said. "Well, we had South Africa in this country." Many states opted not to honor the federal holiday, holiday, which sparked protests.