John F Kennedy speaks in tabernacle on Temple Square in SLC ~ Part 1



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Speech in Salt Lake City at the famous Mormon Tabernacle given by then-President of the United States, John F. Kennedy on September 26, 1963.

This is only in audio format. I would have preferred to have video however, I am grateful that I was able to get what I could. The picture is of JFK standing next to David O. Mckay, Prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1951 to 1970.

In Part I, JFK says, “Of all the stories of American pioneers and settlers, none is more inspiring than the Mormon trail. The qualities of the founders of this community are the qualities that we seek in America, the qualities which we like to feel this country has, courage, patience, faith, self-reliance, perseverance, and, above all, an unflagging determination to see the right prevail.”

“If our task on occasion seems hopeless, if we despair of ever working our will on the other 94 percent of the world population, then let us remember that the Mormons of a century ago were a persecuted and prosecuted minority, harried from place to place, the victims of violence and occasionally murder, while today, in the short space of 100 years, their faith and works are known and respected the world around, and their voices heard in the highest councils of this country. As the Mormons succeeded, so America can succeed, if we will not give up or turn back.”

The full text can be found at:

Note: In his opening words the President referred to Frank E. Moss, U.S. Senator from Utah; David O. McKay, President of the Mormon Church, and Hugh B. Brown, his First Counselor; Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the Interior; George Dewey Clyde, Governor of Utah; and Calvin W. Rawlings of Salt Lake City, Democratic National Committeeman for Utah.

Barrie Schwortz Speaks on the Shroud of Turin in Shreveport



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Barrie Schwortz, original documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin project in 1978, travels and speaks about the Shroud all over the world. The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, LA, brought him in to speak as part of their Shroud exhibit, which includes a life-sized replica of the Shroud on cloth.

Lisa McNair Speaks at Unity of Birmingham



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Civil Rights activist Lisa McNair, oldest living daughter of Chris and Maxine McNair who are the parents of Denise McNair, one of the four girls killed in the infamous 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was the featured guest speaker at the Unity of Birmingham Sunday MLK Day Service January 15th, 2017.

Lisa was born to her parents one year and 4 days after her sister’s death. Denise was an only child at the time of her death.
Raised in Birmingham she attended public and private schools and she later attended college at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham campuses. She worked 18 years at the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau promoting tourism and was instrumental in helping to develop Civil Rights Historic Tours of the Birmingham, Jefferson County area. Later she spent 7 years working full time in her family’s business Chris McNair Studios & Art Gallery.

She now works for Hand-In-Paw (handinpaw.org) a non-profit organization that ‘helps people heal’ with animal assisted therapy. She also is a consultant for Sojourn to the Past (sojournproject.org), a non-profit based out of California that takes students from all over the country on a 7 day
Educational tour thru the South to educate them on the Civil Rights Movement and the principles of non-violence.

Lisa is currently working on her memoir detailing her life as part of the first generation of African-Americans to experience freedom in this country following the Civil Rights movement. The book highlights the unique experiences she had integrating in to a new society; it’s not what you would think.

Lisa’s hope, as she travels across the country sharing her story is that the lesson’s learned from the Civil Rights Movement and the lives lost will never be forgotten but always present to help us to remember never to repeat the horrible evilness of that time.

Michelle Alexander Speaks At Riverside Church, New York City (part 3 of 4)



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May 21, 2011 was supposed to be the end of the world, well, it was the end of the world as many of us knew it when they heard Michelle Alexander dissect the criminal “injustice” system in America and its progeny—The New Jim Crow and mass incarceration in the age of Colorblindness.

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Cleveland Nail Salon Fight Goes Viral, Owner Speaks Out



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A fight at a Cleveland nail salon went viral on Facebook and now the owner of Fantasy Nails on West 25th Street has released the surveillance video from the salon. He speaks exclusively to Sia Nyorkor March 30, 2017 for WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Ohio

Christian Taylor’s brother speaks at Arlington vigil



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Adrian Taylor, whose brother Christian was killed by an Arlington police officer early Friday, spoke at a vigil Saturday at Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington, urging the crowd to “please don’t make this a racial matter,” and to “stick together, be safe.”

Rev. T J Jemison speaks at Macedonia Missionary Bapt. Church



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Rev. T J Jemison pastor emeritus of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church (Baton Rouge) speaks at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church 2004 Men’s Day – Rev. David Newman, Jr. – pastor-Baton Rouge, LA******Theodore Judson Jemison born 1918, better known as T. J. Jemison, is the former president of the National Baptist Convention, having served from 1982 to 1994. It is the largest African American religious organization. He oversaw the construction of the Baptist World Center in Nashville, Tennessee, the headquarters for the Convention.
In 1953, while minister of a large church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jemison helped lead the first civil rights boycott of bus service. The organization of free rides, coordinated by churches, was a model used later by the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama, which started in 1955. Jemison was one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. In 2003 the 50th anniversary of the Baton Rouge bus boycott was honored with three days of events, organized by a young resident born two decades after the action.

Early life and education

T. J. Jemison was born in Selma in central Alabama, where his father, the Rev. David V. Jemison, pastored the Tabernacle Baptist Church. He came from a family of prominent ministers and strong churchgoing women. Jemison earned a bachelor’s degrees from Alabama State University, where he joined Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.He earned a divinity degree at Virginia Union University to prepare for the ministry, and later did graduate study at New York University.

Career

Jemison was first called as a minister at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge in 1949. He was concerned chiefly with internal church matters, such as the construction of a new church building. At the time, his father was serving as President of the National Baptist Convention, the association of African-American Baptist churches established in 1895.
Within a few years, Jemison became involved in an early civil rights action. In 1950, the city had ended black-owned buses, requiring all residents to use its monopoly system.[3] It was racially segregated by law; in practice, black citizens had to sit at the back half of the bus or stand, even if seats in the front “white” section were empty. Jemison said later he was struck by “watching buses pass by his church and seeing black people standing in the aisles, not allowed by law to sit down in seats reserved for whites. ‘I thought that was just out of order, that was just cruel’.”
Making up 80% of the passengers on the system, African Americans were fed up with standing on buses while “white” seats remained empty, Rev. Jemison took up the issue with the Baton Rouge City Council; he testified on February 11, 1953 against the fare increase and asked for an end of the practice of reserving so many seats for whites. The City Council met that demand, without abolishing segregation per se; they passed Ordinance 222, which established a first come-first served system: it allowed black passengers to board the bus from the back and take any empty seats available, while white passengers boarded from the front. The bus companies’ white drivers largely ignored the ordinance.
When bus drivers harassed black passengers’ seeking to enforce the ordinance, Jemison tested the law on June 13, 1953 by sitting in a front seat of a bus. The next day the bus company suspended two bus drivers for not complying with the ordinance. The drivers’ union responded by striking for four days. That strike ended on June 18, 1953 when Louisiana Attorney General Fred S. LeBlanc declared the city’s ordinance unconstitutional on the ground that it violated the state’s segregation laws.
That same day Willis Reed, later publisher of the Baton Rouge Post, founded the United Defense League (UDL), chief organizer of the bus boycott. He knew the black riders had economic impact. Others involved were Jemison and Raymond Scott. They planned to bring suit against the City to desegregate the buses and began the boycott June 20, 1953.
The UDL set up a free-ride network, coordinated by the churches, to compensate for the lack of public transit. This was its signature action for the boycott, adopted for later ones. “While the Baton Rouge boycott lasted only two weeks, it set protest standards, and is growing in recognition as a precedent-setting event in the history of the modern American civil rights movement.”
The organizers of the later Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1955 used the model of the free-ride system when they began what became a year-long boycott in that city. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, Jemison’s “painstaking description of the Baton Rouge experience proved invaluable.”

Dr. Naomi Nightingale Speaks on “Adaptive Reuse” RE: Historical Venice, CA Church



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Venice, CA— Dr. Naomi Nightingale of the Save First Baptist Church of Venice Coalition speaks on the Los Angeles and California Land Use topic of “Adaptive Reuse” RE: the Firstst Baptist Church of Venice.

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Martin Luther King III speaks at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA.



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Martin Luther King III keynote speaker for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the “I Have A Dream” World Peace Rose Garden at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, GA USA.

He gives a very inspirational talk for everyone everywhere!

He is the son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.