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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Wintertime Soldier”

It is difficult to witness what is happening in the USA in terms of hatred and intolerance after the sacrifices and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  January 2019 will mark the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 88th birthday of MLK’s “wintertime soldier,” Dr. Clarence B. Jones.   Now, more than ever, America is in need of ‘wintertime soldiers” who will turn awareness into action. 

As Tom Paine’s famous words in 1776 state, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

This Columbia College Today cover story of Dr. Jones will inspire all to be a wintertime soldier in our current environment.

Dr. Jones continues the fight of a wintertime soldier.

 

50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination

LEST WE FORGET

 

50 years ago someone thought they could silence a powerful voice of change and a social movement with a gunshot but today we know the movement is still alive… and still much needed!! Each one of us has an obligation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s sacrifice by speaking up against racism, sexism, bigotry and hatred of any kind and make America great today. Is The Dream alive today? #MLK50 #blacklivesmatter #metoo #neveragain #loveislove

Palmyra High School Student Among the 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations Award Winners

Palmyra High School senior, Colin Cattell received a 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations – Certificate of Accomplishment.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations has been established by Princeton University “to promote harmony, respect, and understanding among people of different races”.   Each year students from across the country, whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities are honored by Princeton University with this prestigious award.  

Recipients of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations have stood up to intolerance, worked towards greater inclusivity, and encouraged understanding and harmony in their communities. Some have even been recognized by President Obama for their efforts.

Colin’s project submitted for the PPRR is a work in progress.  After doing intensive research, the initial phase included working with the Historical Society of Riverton in Riverton, NJ on getting an historical marker (the first in Riverton) placed at a 19th century home that was used with the Underground Railroad. Riverton was established by an elite group of 10 Quaker families and the project (the opening of this home as an educational site for students) will bring diverse groups of people together to learn how individuals navigated  race relations in the 19th century.  Colin created and produced a mini-documentary of the research entitled 1851 Riverbank Manor – Ogden

Now Colin has begun the second phase of his project with research on a few of the other original homes to determine their link to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement.  He will produce other mini-documentaries based on his findings.  

Colin Cattell gets his inspiration from another Palmyra High School alumnus, Dr. Clarence B. Jones thus carrying on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.