“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.”
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91 years ago today, in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was born. King surfaced as a civil rights leader during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott ignited by Rosa Parks. This quote is taken from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964. Less than 4 years later, MLK Jr. was assassinated.
“Things are changing swiftly and dramatically in this country, and I have faith that something is awakening among us. A politics of conscience is still yet possible. And yes….love will prevail.”
Spiritual adviser & best-selling author Marianne Williamson suspended her 2020 presidential campaign. Her departure (and Sen. Cory Booker's on Monday) leaves 12 Democratic candidates in the race ahead of next month's first primary votes. The top candidates face-off Tuesday during the last major debate ahead of the first contest in Iowa.
“I’m real life blessed.”
The 21-year-old Raiders rookie running back bought a home for his father, who raised him and his four siblings. The family struggled financially and were often forced to live in their car. Jacobs was the 24th overall pick in the NFL draft in 2019 when more than 106,000 minors experienced homelessness.
“I have such an emotional connection to Christmas. And it wasn’t about the gifts. It was just about the hopefulness of the holiday season…”
Carey speaking about writing her original Christmas hit, "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The song hit #1 on the Billboard 100 this week, 25 years after its debut, as only the second holiday song to do so in history. Carey originally did not want to do a Christmas album. Why? Read more:
“It takes a few to make war, but it takes a village and a nation to build peace.”
The Ethiopian Prime Minister of less than two years accepted the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Tuesday for his efforts toward peace, namely the 2018 peace deal with Eritrea that ended a 20-year war between the neighboring countries.
“Find your good, and do it.”
Grammy-awarding winning rocker Jon Bon Jovi, who built the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ, a farm-to-table community restaurant which relies primarily on donated food sand services. It serves both paying and in-need customers unable to pay the requested $20 donation fee.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”
Pres. Kennedy issued his last Thanksgiving Day proclamation Nov. 4 1963, continuing an annual tradition that started 200 years earlier after Pres. Lincoln officially made Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863. Kennedy was assassinated shortly after on Nov. 22 1963.
“I have been shown in darkness, light and have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it.”
- 2009: Graduated from college in her home state of Arizona. Started traveling the world, from Israel to India, to help those in need.
- 2013: Kidnapped by ISIS in Syria. Held for about 18 months (about 547 days). Fellow captives say she was raped & tortured by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
- 2015: Reportedly killed at age 26. Her body was never recovered.
“I have come to a place in this experience, where in every sense of the word, I have surrendered to our creator, because literally there was no one else…and by God and by your prayers, I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall.”
“One of the things that (Gen.) Milley did was named the operation that took down al-Baghdadi after Kayla Mueller, after what she had suffered.”
After hearing of al-Baghdadi's death, Kayla's mother, Martha, said, "I still want to know, 'Where is Kayla?' and what truly happened to her and what aren't we being told."
“It’s an honor I’ve gotten to compete so many times for the country.”
Simone Biles continued her domination as world's best gymnast, earning additional medals at this years world championship, bringing her total to 25, the most for any man or woman in the sport.
“generalities are always dangerous.”
75 years ago, on her birthday, Oct 11th, the first lady wrote this in a syndicated column she wrote for years to communicate directly with the American people. You can read them all in the link in the bio.
“Your strength of mind and determination can help you to achieve whatever it is that you truly want from your life. Most of all, never give up!”
Glowacka set a Guinness World Record for holding an abdominal plank 4 hrs 19 mins 55 secs, breaking the previous women's record by more than 45 mins. She was inspired by her son Ralph, who read about the record and told her she could break it.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”
Democrat presidential candidate & author Marianne Williamson was the most searched candidate on Google during the first Democrat debate this week. She wrote this popular quote in her 1992 book "A Return To Love" though its often mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela.