Other views…

MLK’s dream burning bright

But promise of equal opportunity ‘great unfinished business’

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance writer/editor

Standing in the shadow of the great emancipator, President Barack Obama on Wednesday stood exactly where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. did 50 years earlier to “awaken the slumbering conscience of America.”

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Obama borrowed heavily from King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech to chronicle the rapid societal changes the landmark oratory set in motion for America’s excluded minorities.

It wasn’t just a black thing. It was a Latino thing. An Asian thing. A women thing.  A gay thing. A Catholic thing. A Jewish thing.

And it was a people with disabilities thing, the President of the United States told tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life on a rainy day in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 28, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Reaches Record High
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is wrapping up the 2012 campaign poised to celebrate the most successful drive in the history of the fund.  Contributions to date total $104,000, exceeding the $100,000 goal.

Perhaps the greatest story in the annual holiday season fund drive is that of student giving. Through the Pennies for Shoes campaign, jugs were placed in participating Olathe schools and students donated change and dollars. As a result, Olathe Public Schools’ students amassed 18% of the fund total, over $19,000, to benefit the Children’s Shoe Fund and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation (Wimmer Student Care Fund).  This is a significant increase over last year’s Pennies for Shoes campaign which drew $11,700 in donations.  Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 23, 2012

Annual MLK Contest Winners Announced; Entries on Display at Olathe Library

The Olathe community paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, Jan.18, during the annual Noonday Celebration which included the MLK Legacy contest and awards.

With a record 4400 entries in three major categories, the contest awarded $3500 in scholarships to Olathe middle and high school students.  Prize winners include: Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 7, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event January 18

Join the City of Olathe, along with the Human Relations Commission, Olathe Public Schools, and other community partners in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Awards presentation on Friday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Prairie Trail Middle School, 21600 W. 107th Street.   The celebration includes the announcement of middle and senior high school winners in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate Diversity contest. Contest categories include essay, multi-media, and visual arts.  Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: