Tell us: What does this holiday mean to you and how will you celebrate it?
Monday, January 21
By Rachel Stern firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park. For others, it’s an opportunity to educate themselves about King and his life's work. And for others, it’s a time to just kick back and enjoy the prolonged weekend. In St. Charles, it will be business as usual in City Hall, although the City Council and council committee meetings normally held Monday night have been moved to Tuesday. For St. Charles Community Unit School District 303, it is a day off school for students. So, tell us: What does Martin Luther King…
Martin Luther King changed the course of American history, but were you aware of these fascinating facts?
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here are 10 things you may not know about the lauded civil rights leader who changed history: 1. Martin Luther King Jr. was christened Michael King Jr. When his father became pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1931, he adopted the name Martin Luther King Sr. — in honor of Protestant leader Martin Luther — and his son followed suit. However, King never legally changed his name. 2. The first assassination attempt on King was made in 1958 when a mentally ill woman named Izola Curry stabbed him in the chest with a steel letter opener while he was signing books at a Harlem department store. The knife wound was so close to his aorta that doctors said a sneeze could have killed him. 3. King skipped the ninth …