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Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1955, a young black Baptist preacher named Martin Luther King, Jr., from Atlanta, Georgia, agreed to serve as the spokesperson for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The boycott was a campaign by African Americans to force the city of Montgomery, Alabama, to integrate its bus system. The protest eventually led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that segregation of public transportation was unconstitutional. 

Dr. King would go on to become the leader at the forefront of the civil rights movement to guarantee that people of all colors would be treated equally in America. Dr. King advocated nonviolence when many others were calling for people to win their rights by any means necessary. He was inspired by his Christian faith and other proponents of peaceful protest, such as Mahatma Gandhi. In 1957, Dr. King was named the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (a civil rights organization), and in 1963, he led a march of over 500,000 people on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

The following year Dr. King became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, telling the audience gathered for the ceremony, "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” This was a prophetic statement. Because of his and others’ efforts in the Civil Rights movement, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965, both of which led to the dismantling of segregation in all walks of life for blacks and other people of color. Dr. King would next turn his focus and efforts on advocating for economic justice for all people.

Dr. King's work came to an abrupt end on April 4, 1968, when he was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis, Tennessee. He was survived by his wife, Coretta Scott King, and their four children.

Learn more about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Listen to the "I Have a Dream" speech and compare it to a written version of the speech.

Read more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his writings (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute).

  

CCS/CHS Reads
Presented by MAT (MULTI-RACIAL ACTION TEAM)

Join us for a literary exploration of how culture and race shape our communities and the world. Watch your email for information about an upcoming lunch in February where we'll discuss our current featured book recommendation Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
(Ralph Ellison from his novel, Invisible Man)

"Ellison's treatment of race in the 1952 novel anticipated questions about the future of African-Americans that still resonate, says Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg center and the great-grandson of the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad.

"Whether we look at the invisibility of a Trayvon Martin, or the invisibility of a Magic Johnson in light of the most recent controversy over Don Sterling," Muhammad says, "or even the ways in which the contemporary art world for black visual artists turn on whether they have a responsibility to depict blackness through traditional narratives — are all themes that Ralph Ellison brought to his work." (Excerpt from a review written by Tom Viatale for NPR. Learn more about Ralph Ellison and read another excerpt from Invisible Man at NPR's CodeSwitch webpage.)

If you would like to host a CCS/CHS Reads lunch and book discussion in your area, please contact Margaret Boddie.


Here are some other highly recommended books that explore diversity. Books with stories about the Native American experience are highlighted.

African American, African
  • A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  • Native Son by Richard Wright 
  • Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family by Pauli Murray
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Asian American, Asian
  • (The) Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan 
  • Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of WWII by Darlene Deibler Rose
  • (The) Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Honolulu by Alan Brennert
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
  • Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
  • When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
Catholicism
  • Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
  • No Language but a Cry by Dr. Richard Anthony D'Ambrosio
  • Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
European American, European
  • Children in the Holocaust and World War II by Lauren Holliday
  • Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of WWII by Darlene Deibler Rose
  • (The) History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
  • How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
  • Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  • (The) Nazis Next Door:How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men by Eric Lichtblau
  • Savage Continent by Keith Lowe
Filipino American
  • Dream Jungle by Jessica Hagedorm
  • When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
General
  • 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
Jewish American, Jewish
  • Children in the Holocaust and World War II by Lauren Holliday
  • I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
  • Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai
  • (The) Nazis Next Door:How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men by Eric Lichtblau
  • Savage Continent by Keith Lowe
Hispanic/Latino/Latina American
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
  • Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States by Seth Holmes
Middle Eastern American, Middle Eastern
  • Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai
Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native American, First Nation
  • (The) Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Daughters Are Forever by Lee Maracle 
  • Daughters of the Earth by Carolyn Niethammer
  • Extraordinary Acts of Native Life on the West Coast by Kathryn Bridge
  • Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  • (The) Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie
  • Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit by Leslie Marmon Silko
Pacific Islander, Hawaiian American
  • Honolulu by Alan Brennert
  • Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Southeast Asian American
  • (The) Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • (The) Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  

  

MAT MISSION TEXT

We gather in our diversity to challenge ourselves and our communities to love one another.

We gather together in our diversity to listen to and speak our respective truths.

We have everyone’s uniqueness, talent and gifts engaging people so they feel free to speak openly about issues and concerns.

We gather our diversity to celebrate our varied histories, cultures, and triumphs.



MAT VISION TEXT

“Diversity and inclusivity in an organization cannot be accomplished in an unstructured and informal manner. Creating the enterprise necessitates a responsive, comprehensive, and effective methodology developed specifically for creating process innovation and lasting organizational transformation. The goal is not to engage in a series of unrelated activities and or quick fixes. Rather the goal is to create a process, which would transform the organizational structure and become a part of day-to-day operations.”
(Catholic Charities USA) 
  


CS/CHS Employee Pledge
CCS is committed to making our services, our agencies and our communities free of the divisive and dehumanizing ravages of racism. To live out this commitment every employee is expected to pledge the following:

I will not tolerate attitudes, behaviors, or statements that alienate, offend or injure any person associated with CCS because of their racial or ethnic origin;

 
I will enable and support all efforts to become aware of and eliminate racism and racist behaviors within CCS and the broader community;
 
I will take exceptional steps to identify and root out such biases, especially where there appear to be long-standing, institutional patterns of unacceptable behavior or lack of performance.
 
CCS is committed to employing staff that reflect the diversity of the regional population. Professional Ethics, Mission orientation and Cultural Competency trainings are required of all employees to assist the organization in meeting its commitments in this arena.
 
 
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MAT Co-Chair
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El Centro de la Raza
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El Centro de la Raza website.

Minority Executive Directors CoalitionClick here to visit the
Minority Executive Directors Coalition website.

United Indians of All Tribes
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United Indians of All Tribes Foundation website
 FirstPlace
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First Place website
 
Black Dollar Days
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