On Martin Luther King Day, Hearing from His Namesakes

Monday, January 17, 2011

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and whether or not you do something special to commemorate the day, chances are, you know MLK’s name well. No doubt, you’ve heard it hundreds, if not thousands of times. But we wanted to find out is what’s it like to be named Martin Luther King, when you are not, in fact, the civil rights leader or one of his descendants? We speak with three very different men who are all named after Martin Luther King, Jr..

Martin Luther King Chavez Dosh is an instrumental and electronic musician. He’s the white son of a former Catholic priest. He joins us from Minneapolis, MN.

Martin Luther King Aubrey works at a mental health facility, and is African American. And he’s not the only MLK in his family. His son is also one. He joins us from Norwalk, CA.

And Jordan Luther King Schwartz runs an internet software company and blog called Wallyhood.com. He’s white and Jewish, and joins us from Seattle, WA.


Martin Luther King Aubrey, Martin Luther King Chavez Dosh and Jordan Luther King Schwartz

Comments [3]

It makes no sense whatsoever that the NBA played games today while most schools didn't have classes.

This says that basketball is more important than school. Clearly, it's the other way around--an opinion that Dr. King would definitely agree with!

Jan. 17 2011 07:32 PM

It puzzles me why schools don't have classes on MLK day.

If there's any place essential to achieving Dr. King's dream of being judged on the content of our character rather than the color of our skin, it's our schools.

It is in our schools and workplaces--not special ceremonies--that do the most towards advancing Dr. King's dream.

Jan. 17 2011 07:23 PM
Will Shupira from Roseville, Minnesota.

"Every time MLK day comes around I can't help but feel it's too bad Martin Luther King never got a chance to be our first African American president. He certainly would have an answer to those who say guns don't kill people; people do of course Martin Luther King was killed by a man with a gun. Now it's up to Mr. Obama to stand up to the NRA and those in congress, some of whom hardly hours after the shooting of representative Giffords vowed their determination to oppose any further controls on guns.

Jan. 17 2011 10:39 AM

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