Today we celebrate Dr. King’s Legacy. Here are today’s top tweets in regards to Martin Luther King Jr Day.
Dr. King was 26 when the Montgomery bus boycott began. He started small, rallying others who believed their efforts mattered, pressing on through challenges and doubts to change our world for the better. A permanent inspiration for the rest of us to keep pushing towards justice.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 15, 2018
A thread of #MLK speeches and sermons in which he speaks truth to power, shares about his philosophy of nonviolence and expounds on issues of injustice and what our righteous, rigorous response should be. Relevant. Revelatory. Revolutionary. #MLKDay #MLK50Forward
— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) January 14, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once told us "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." So on this #MLKDay, let us not be afraid to speak out against intolerance, speak out against harassment and speak out against injustice. pic.twitter.com/5lGBaHt3fe
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 15, 2018
As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother, as well. She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of @TheKingCenter, which she founded two months after Daddy died. Without #CorettaScottKing, there would be no #MLKDay. #MLK50Forward #MLK pic.twitter.com/qhwSnX9Qmh
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 15, 2018
Dr. King has been a central inspiration throughout my life. His work helped make possible my path, from a 16-year-old immigrant girl who came here by herself to serving as the first Indian-American woman in the House of Representatives. pic.twitter.com/KzLFQpCQUk #MLKDay
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 15, 2018
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” #MLKDay
— musical.ly (@musicallyapp) January 15, 2018
— Neel Nanda (@neelnanda) January 15, 2018
MLK. RFK. The battle of Chicago. Vietnam. Men orbiting the moon. French protests. Soviets on the march. Nixon elected. The year 1968 in push alerts. https://t.co/yyow6rX9DW
— Patrick LaForge (@palafo) January 15, 2018
Apple clears its entire website for Martin Luther King Day https://t.co/xmJtEQO3yA
— The Independent (@Independent) January 15, 2018
Be kind to others. We are all humans trying to make it in this world 👫👫👬, and we are all going through something. Love ❤️ feels better and impacts better than Hate ❌. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, everyone! Be thankful! ✨ pic.twitter.com/2xGUX6q9ly
— AAA ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏿 (@wbhs_aaa) January 15, 2018
“Donald Trump is a racist bully and we know how to deal with bullies. We do not back down. We do not shut up. We fight back. And no matter what they throw at us, nevertheless, we persist," @SenWarren told the crowd at an MLK event on Monday. https://t.co/dQsAjDIpIl
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) January 15, 2018
On this #MLKDay President Trump failed to tweet an acknowledgement of the day, while playing golf at his golf course.
Every other president over the last 50 years used this day to attend Martin Luther King ceremonies in Washington DC.
And he wants us to believe he's not racist
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) January 15, 2018
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) January 15, 2018
Here's how the last 3 presidents spent #MLK day:
George W. Bush: Volunteered at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Barack Obama: Helped paint a mural of MLK while volunteering at a shelter
President Trump: Golfing at Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida pic.twitter.com/4DgPl6WZVW
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 15, 2018
— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) January 15, 2018
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) January 15, 2018
Hitler rose to power not only by virtue of his supporters,
But by those willing to turn a blind eye in hopes they could use him to achieve their own selfish ends.
Martin Luther King had a dream.
Donald Trump's Racism isn't it.
— Alexander "Stable Genius" Hamilton (@AHamiltonSpirit) January 15, 2018
We all get to dream because of YOU. And don’t worry #MLK, your dreams came true and will continue to come true. We will get through this and the strength of your legacy will make sure of it!
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) January 15, 2018
To clarify, I think toning down the Twitter rhetoric would be a start for President Trump. Then, heart and policy change. However, we must march on. Our work can’t stop. And we must pursue justice, equity and peace as though he may never change. #MLKDay #MLK #MLK50Forward https://t.co/qC0cZXn5GK
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 13, 2018
Just a reminder that Dr. King was steadfastly opposed to war, supported Planned Parenthood, affirmed queer folks in his circles (notably Bayard Rustin), called out white supremacy and white fragility, and refused to yield on his values to placate the masses.#MartinLutherKing
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 15, 2018
Pennsylvania University Stunned by Child Pornography Allegations
Popular philosophy professor at Bloomsburg University charged with possessing child porn.
Scott Lowe, a professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, was arrested late last week and charged with with four counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. The charges against the popular professor have left students and administration at the school of just over 9,000 students shocked.
The school’s newspaper, The Voice, reported:
Steve Hales, the head of the Philosophy department, expressed his disbelief for the situation, “It seemed like must be some kind of disturbing mistake which I couldn’t understand.” Hales was a friend to Lowe and, like many who knew him, could not understand what was happening. Lowe was known to be easy to get along with, reliable and was a very popular professor. Lowe enjoyed hanging out with his friends and playing pub trivia, according to Hales.
Bail for the 56-year-old Lowe was set at $250,000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for February 28.
According to Lehigh Valley Live, a routine audit on the professor’s computer turned up “alarming malware associated with his internet usage of the Bloomsburg University network,” which led to a police investigation.
Several students told The Voice that they got no messages from the school about the situation and were surprised to find that classes were either cancelled or that other professors had stepped in to teach.
Miranda Jacobs told the paper that she had “heard a lot of stories about this guy about him being really nice and just very family oriented.”
Did the College Board Use Florida Shooting as Advertising Strategy?
A controversial mass email sent by the College Board on Wednesday has gone viral.
A controversial mass email sent by the College Board on Wednesday has gone viral, eliciting a wave of public backlash against the organization’s alleged attempt to exploit last Wednesday’s Florida school shooting massacre to advertise the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
In his email to fellow colleagues and education administrators, College Board President David Coleman began his message by conveying College Board’s condolences to individuals and families affected by the tragedy. Coleman progressed to commend the efforts of student activist coalitions and draws upon Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez’s plea for gun control legislative reform.
He emphasized on how he felt “compelled to share the unadulterated, impassioned voice of a student,” whose exposure to AP Government has equipped her with necessary skills to identify evidence. However, Coleman expressed his conflicting perspective to Gonzalez’s position on gun control, asserting his belief that Gonzalez could have attempted “to better understand the positions of gun rights proponents.”
Coleman also references a published interview of another Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg, in which Hogg credits his AP History class for spurring his interest in the role of journalism in society, declaring that “David Hogg’s words honor Advanced Placement teachers everywhere, for they reflect their power to open worlds and futures to students.”
Provoked by the contents of the email, several recipients have unleashed their ire on social media platforms. Andrew B. Palumbo, the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, tweeted his outrage in a reply to Jon Boesckenstedt, the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at DePaul University, calling for College Board to immediately issue an apology to the public.
I hope an apology is sent immediately and the College Board does something to support the brave students of Parkland!
Another example of adults failing our students. Shameful attempt to turn a mass shooting into a free advertisement for AP.
— Andrew B. Palumbo (@InsideAdmission) February 21, 2018
Former chairman of College Board’s science academic advisory committee, Jennifer Pfannerstill, tendered in her formal resignation on Thursday afternoon, citing that she is unable to “advocate for, and stand by, [an] organization that in one of our nation’s times of trial, would question the very students who allow them to exist and would promote itself as the only program to teach students how to use evidence”
The College Board has since broken its silence, publishing a public apology in an attempt to appease its angered social media followers and critics, exerting that they had no intention of diverting the attention away from the plights of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors and their community.
So, mistakes happen. And stupid mistakes happen. No one–including me–is immune to them. But what came next is even more strange. This morning, a staff member at the College Board posted this to the NACAC e-list (and probably elsewhere) pic.twitter.com/AL1RPIaijV
— Jon Boeckenstedt (@JonBoeckenstedt) February 22, 2018
College Grants Scholarship Aid to Slain Police Officer’s Family
Eric Joering was fatally shot while on duty on February 10th.
The children of slain Westerville Police officer have been awarded full-ride scholarships to attend Otterbein University.
The private four-year university first disclosed its decision to sponsor the daughters of Officer Eric Joering, who was fatally shot while on duty alongside Officer Anthony Morelli on February 10th, 2018, at a Westerville City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 20th. In a subsequent press release published on its website and social media accounts on Wednesday, the university expressed its hopes of providing a system of support for the Joering family as they transition through this difficult period by ensuring that each daughter “has sufficient support to complete an undergraduate degree at Otterbein.”
#Otterbein is committing to full tuition scholarships for each of Officer Joering’s 4 daughters for a period of up to 4yrs of full-time study to assure that each of them has sufficient support to complete an undergrad degree at Otterbein. #WestervilleStrong #OtterbeinKindness 1/2
— Otterbein University (@Otterbein) February 21, 2018
Our #Otterbein community hopes this act of kindness via scholarships for Officer Joering's 4 daughters will bring some peace to his children during this difficult time by providing them long-term security and support. #WestervilleStrong #OtterbeinKindness 2/2
— Otterbein University (@Otterbein) February 21, 2018
Otterbein University has also dedicated a Spotlight tribute in honor of the two officers, extending the university’s condolences to the families of the fallen officers as well as the Westerville Police Department.
Authorities have charged the 30-year-old perpetrator, Quentin Smith, with two counts of aggravated murder of Joering and Morelli. Officers Joering and Morelli were said to have arrived at Smith’s townhome residence after having received an urgent 911 domestic violence call where they were met with a hostile Smith. Former reports have indicated that there were several prior domestic violence incidences where police similarly had been called to Smith’s property, albeit without any arrests made.
Smith was reported to have been critically injured upon his arrest and was promptly hospitalized. Smith has since been discharged and is currently held without bail.
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