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twatts1000 Jan 20, 3:00 p.m.
Another more local note: our state's favorite GOP hero Jesse Helms (who was a Dem until 1960 when he switched to the GOP) once conducted a 16 day Filibuster to stop the US Senate from approving MLK Day as a national holiday... He once remarked that the CRA'64 was "the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced in the Congress"...
Bill Brasky Jan 20, 1:22 p.m.
I usually don't use Wikipedia as a reference, but think link shows exactly how the vote went
twatts1000 Jan 20, 1:18 p.m.
On a more local note, in 1948, the Dixiecrats ran as a third party putting Strom Thurmond up for POTUS vs. Truman and Dewey (see "Dewey Wins!"). Strom would continue to identify with the Dems until (coincidentally???) 1964, when he swiched to the GOP...
jcd241959 Jan 20, 1:11 p.m.
What was King's opinion of Margaret Sanger?
Bill Brasky Jan 20, 12:47 p.m.
I'll add that "zero" Southern Republicans, and very few Southern Dems voted for the Civil Rights Law of 1964, while a higher majority of Nothern Dems voted for the law than Northern Republicans.
Civil Rights was a North vs the South issue, not a Republican vs Democrat issue.
enigma1469 Jan 20, 12:41 p.m.
Now that we have a black president lets stop taking this holiday and go back to work.
Bill Brasky Jan 20, 12:37 p.m.
Well that's been debunked about a thousand times.
Obamacare prevails again Jan 20, 12:29 p.m.
I wish I could have celebrated by sleeping in this morning, but nope, here I am sitting at work.
twatts1000 Jan 20, 12:00 p.m.
Growing up in VA, we celebrated "Lee-Jackson-King" day for Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson and (ironically), MLK... But where else can you find a statue of a black tennis star at the end of a row of statues of Confederate Leaders???
sinenomine Jan 20, 11:38 a.m.
As I understand it the compromise which led to the establishment of MLK's birthday as a holiday also involved taking away George Washington's birthday and replacing it with "President's Day", a purely commercial holiday if ever there was one. Have you ever seen it commemorated other than with a banner ad for a sale?
I hate President's Day. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln I'm OK with. Why, though, should I care to remember the birthdays of Harding? Clinton? (Maybe Monica sent him a card.) Pierce? Fillmore? The list could be extended.
Dr. King would be 85 now were he still living. If he were alive no holiday would exist in his honor, at least not yet. I have no doubt either that by now the intrusiveness of the media, fueled in the fires of Watergate, would have ruined his reputation as it has that of many others. We are doomed no longer to have heroes. This is not a reflection on King but an observation about the state of reporting in general.
twatts1000 Jan 20, 11:36 a.m.
To add, a quick Google of "Conservative Coalition" will give you a more clear reason why MLK was a Republican in the South.
The idea that the GOP more supported the African American "cause", is not entirely true - by the 1940s most African Americans in the North were voting DNC... What is true is that the GOP represented the opposing view to the dominant Democrats of the South - hence MLK's party allegiance...
twatts1000 Jan 20, 11:19 a.m.
You are referring to the Dixiecrats, who split off from the DNC after the 1948 decision to make Integration one of the Party Platforms.
Later, in the late 60s, GOP leaders Goldwater and Nixon used the "Southern Strategy" to win support from these Dixiecrats by appealing to their prejudices.
The South has not changed its political views that much over the last 100 years. Just understand that the Party that mostly speaks to these "traditions" is now the GOP...
tatermommy52 Jan 20, 10:31 a.m.
MLK was a Registered Republican because of the Republicans stance on civil rights. The Democrats resisted extending civil rights to African Americans until it became politically important.
foodstamptrader Jan 20, 9:59 a.m.
Oh, so that was why there was a crowd gathered at the downtown Chapel Hill PO this morning. I had no idea.
I forgot that today is another day off for public employees (at my expense). Must be nice. I have to work 2 jobs today. sigh...
shall6 Jan 16, 7:39 p.m.
iriemom Jan 16, 2:16 p.m.
Awesome!! That's exactly the info I was looking for! Thanks so much.
shall6 Jan 16, 11:35 a.m.
The march is at 11 a.m., Monday, in downtown Raleigh. Here's the event website with much more information: http://www.king-raleigh.org/welcome.cfm
iriemom Jan 16, 10:04 a.m.
I'm looking for information about the MLK Day Dreamfest March in downtown Raleigh on 01/20. I see scant references to it on the City of Raleigh web site. I would like to know when it starts, where it starts, and what other activities are part of it, as well as how long the march path is. I've called a City of Raleigh Manager for Events, but I've not gotten a call back.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03