Dr Martin Luther King JR In Jamaica

Today  The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was celebrated with a national holiday in America.

Because this is o-access JAMAICA we wanted to give you some Dr King Jamaica trivia.

In June 20, 1965 The Rev. Dr . Martin Luther King, Jr, delivered the sermon of valedictory at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus with a speech entitled “Facing the Challenge of a New Age”.

On the following day, Dr King received the Keys to the City of Kingston at a reception held at the National Stadium where he spoke for 40 mins to a packed stadium, saying he never felt more at home anywhere else in the world.

In January and February 1967, Dr. King came back to Jamaica and wrote the first draft of his final book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” in Ocho Rios, at a rented, secluded house with no telephone. He was joined by his wife, Coretta Scott King, his aide, Rev. Bernard Lee, and his secretary, Dora McDonald.

The pictures used for this collage appeared in the June 1967 issue of Ebony magazine. According to the article, Dr. King responded to news reports about him taking a vacation by saying, “I’m working as hard as ever. I’d like a vacation when I finish the book.”

(Source Ebony Magazine & The Gleaner Company)