Monday, January 21, 2008

JANUARY 21, 2008

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was a pastor, crusader and the youngest man ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His name has become synonymous with the civil rights struggle.

King was born January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, where his father was the pastor of a Baptist church. He enrolled in Morehouse College at age 15 and found his calling. Even before graduating with a sociology degree, he was ordained a minister. He learned of Mahatma Gandhi and read about the Indian leader's pacifist philosophy. In 1955, King earned a P-h-D in theology from Boston University.

King became the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. At a time when racial segregation was still the law in Southern states, he became involved in local civil rights efforts that became a national movement.

On August 28th, 1963, a quarter-million people marching on Washington, D-C to demand civil rights heard his "I Have a Dream" speech. "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident -- that all men are created equal." Two decades after that momentous speech, the third Monday in January was made a federal holiday commemorating his birthday. Since the first observance on January 20th, 1986, it has been an occasion for people to remember King's life and re-dedicate themselves to achieving that dream.

In 1964, at age 35, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1968, King went to Memphis to support a strike by sanitation workers, most of whom were black. On April 4th, he was assassinated while standing on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel. His death sparked riots across America. The Lorraine has since been converted into a national civil rights museum.

Most Satisfying
1) Clergy (87% of people in this profession are satisfied by it)
2) Firefighters
3) Physical Therapists
4) Authors
5) Special Education Teachers
6) Teachers
7) Education Administrators
8) Painters/Sculptors AND Psychologists (tie)
9) Security and Financial Services Salespersons
10) Operating Engineers

Least Satisfying
1) Laborers, non-construction (only 21% of people in this profession are satisfied by it)
2) Clothing Salespersons
3) Handpackers, Packagers
4) Food Preparers
5) Roofers
6) Cashiers
7) Bartenders
8) Furniture Salespersons
9) Freight Shippers
10) Waiters and Servers

The tooth fairy doesn't pay as much as she used to. In 2007, the average tooth fairy gift was $1.71, down from $2 in 2006.

According to the poll, gifts ranged from a low of 29 cents to $25 per tooth! In addition, parents of today's kids reported that they received an average of 49 cents per tooth when they were children.

10: Number of minutes, on average, it takes to decide if you want someone as a friend.