MLK http://kut.org en Austinites Pay Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. http://kut.org/post/austinites-pay-tribute-martin-luther-king-jr <p>Hundreds of people gathered near the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. statue on the UT campus this morning to honor the life of the slain civil rights leader.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several people spoke before the crowd, including University of Texas President Bill Powers. He said much has changed since Dr. King visited UT 52 years ago, when athletics and dorms were still segregated.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130535838&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:37:52 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9597 at http://kut.org Austinites Pay Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK Day Cleanup Rids Flood-Stricken Onion Creek Park of Debris http://kut.org/post/mlk-day-cleanup-rids-flood-stricken-onion-creek-park-debris <p>The flood-stricken neighborhood of Onion Creek honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today by cleaning a community park that’s been covered with debris since last year’s Halloween flood.</p><p>Metallic doors, glass from broken windows, gas tanks were among the many items strewn about the park.&nbsp;Mary-Lee&nbsp;Plumb-Mentjes&nbsp;filled an entire bucket with broken glass. “I’ve always picked up trash,”&nbsp;Plumb-Mentjes&nbsp;said. “We’ve been given two hands [and] I feel we should use [them] when we see something,”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F130514912&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:06:53 +0000 Joy Diaz 9594 at http://kut.org MLK Day Cleanup Rids Flood-Stricken Onion Creek Park of Debris MLK Day 2014 Events and Closures http://kut.org/post/mlk-day-2014-events-and-closures <p><strong>Austin’s Annual Community Celebration:</strong></p><p>The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march from the University of Texas at Austin campus to Huston-Tillotson University starts at 9 a.m. Marchers will meet at the MLK statue near Speedway and West 23<sup>rd</sup> Street at UT.</p><p>An <a href="http://www.mlkcelebration.com/" target="_blank">MLK Day festival</a> begins at Huston-Tillotson after the march. It runs until 3 p.m.</p><p>There will be some road and lane closures for the march and festival – affected roadways include the I-35 frontage roads, North Congress Avenue and 11<sup>th</sup> Street.</p><p><a href="http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Transportation/Special_Events/MAP_MLK2014_v2.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see the full parade route.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:34:57 +0000 Laura Rice 9589 at http://kut.org MLK Day 2014 Events and Closures Five Rules For Allies Against Oppression this MLK Day http://kut.org/post/five-rules-allies-against-oppression-mlk-day <p>A crowd of hundreds gathered on the University of Texas&rsquo; East Mall this morning to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event&rsquo;s speakers spoke to King&rsquo;s legacy, but also emphasized the work remaining to be done in the struggle for equality.</p><p>Several speakers were on hand, including State Representative Dawnna Dukes, UT president William Powers, and more. But the most provocative speech of the morning came from <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/caaas/faculty/jij2555">Omi Osun Joni Jones</a>, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and of African and African Diaspora Studies, who shared her &ldquo;five rules&rdquo; for allies in the struggle against racism, sexism, and homophobia. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:15:10 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3459 at http://kut.org Five Rules For Allies Against Oppression this MLK Day Honoring MLK With Community Service http://kut.org/post/honoring-mlk-community-service <p>Some Central Texas volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to clean bathrooms and move furniture at <a href="http://ageofaustin.org/">Austin Groups for the Elderly</a>. It was part of today&rsquo;s <a href="https://uwcapitalarea.secure.force.com/HOC__Special_Event_Details_Page?id=a0MA0000006O0PSMA0">MLK Day of Service</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great way to help the elderly because they&rsquo;ve done so much in the past to make it possible for us now,&quot; said Gwen Blackburn.</p> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 23:29:39 +0000 Erika Aguilar, KUT News 3455 at http://kut.org Honoring MLK With Community Service Central Texans Honor Civil Rights Hero http://kut.org/post/central-texans-honor-civil-rights-hero <p>Hundreds gathered around the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue on the UT campus this morning for a ceremony before the community march to Huston-Tillotson University. Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, some state lawmakers and Austin school officials were there.</p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:43:23 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 635 at http://kut.org Central Texans Honor Civil Rights Hero