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January 16, 2011

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

We are busy with book pick up, book mailings, return of pictures, and book sales. The book is a hit from the feed back I have heard and I know I have enjoyed my scan of the book so far. It is a great volume II that brings you up to date about our county.

We have received the art from most of the schools and will be putting it on display this week. We apologize for our tardiness but The new year is starting off in a hurry. Last Wednesday, I journeyed to Lubbock for the first meeting of the year of the North West Texas Museum Association. This is our regional organization that supports local museums through regional education, scholarships, and mentoring. This year we hope to compile a comprehensive list of our county museums with a brief profile on each. I will keep you posted on our progress.

We held our first Board meeting of 2011, this Monday at 3 pm. I will report on our actions next week. Our board is comprised of representatives from each of our towns. I will update you on these people next couple of columns. If you are interested in history, we need volunteers to assist in our projects this year so give us a call.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

This Monday that I am writing the column is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King is recognized as the most outstanding theoretician and practitioner of civil disobedience in the United States. The philosophy behind civil disobedience goes back to classical and biblical sources. Perhaps its most influential exposition can be found in henry David Thoreau's On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1849), in which he claims that the individual, who grants the state its power in the first place, must follow the dictates of conscience in opposing unjust laws.

The philosophy and tactics of civil disobedience have been used by Quakers and other religious groups, the British labor movement, suffragists, feminists, adherents of prohibition, pacifists and other war resisters (conscientious objector), supporters of the disabled, and wide variety of other dissenters. The civil disobedience led by Dr. King led to the passage of the new civil rights legislation that brought equality to all races and led to further movements for equality of all citizens regardless of race, sex and age. Other U.S. civil disobedience has been used to protest the Vietnam War and various legislative issues such as birth control and abortions.

I end by providing some of Dr. Kings quotes :

"I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land." (from an address given in Memphis the night before his assassination, April 3, 1968)

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." (Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Dec. 10, 1964)

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.

Words that can be used today, be involved with your country and community. It truly takes a village to prosper. Have a good week!


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