MLK Birthday Memories

[be sure to click on the links, and have your volume up!]

In the early 80’s AIDS and Apartheid were new words. We danced to Bobby Brown, Paula Abduhl was one of the ‘fly girls’ on In Living Color and Beastie Boys rocked. It seems so innocent now, looking back. We met at cafe’s not Facebook, learned about world news through community events and newspapers, not Google and Bing.

San Francisco was our home, a city of many communities. Protests, a part of daily life – some humorous, some serious.

While my daughter was a toddler, we joined in a parade for MLK holiday- stroller and all.

Stevie Wonder’s  ‘Hotter Than July’, dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. touched our lives.

‘Happy Birthday’ became a family tradition. Every year on my daughter’s birthday, I’d wake her by blasting Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday’ on yes, a turntable!

Many people don’t remember the struggle it took to get this holiday passed and then observed nationally. “This is not a black holiday; it is a people’s holiday,” said Coretta Scott King after President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law on Nov. 2, 1983 Read more

Help keep the legacy and spirit of Dr. King alive.  Share your memories and thoughts….

About Susanna "Susie" Kunkel, RA

With a belief that life is too short to not follow your dreams, Susie and her daughter became new Kauai residents in less than 4 months after visiting for the first time in 2000. She brings a wealth of information from her background in administrative, contract and paralegal work in a variety of industries including technology, investment banking, biotech and estate planning. As a Realtor, Susies's tenacious and technical approach have earned her a large group of extremely loyal clients. Susanna is a steadfast believer in "The Golden Rule", and applies it to her approach as a Realtor. "Each client and each property are unique, so it's important to me to listen intently to what my clients' goals are, and to make sure I go above and beyond to help meet them."
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4 Responses to MLK Birthday Memories

  1. Not dinasours…it’s party hats and horns – it’s a “celebration!”

  2. Mara says:

    I love the hat!! Hahaha. What shirt am I wearing though? Does it have dinosaurs on it? LOL Seriously though… gotta love Mr. King. He and others struggled so much for everyone to have a chance at equality. It would have been nice for him to know all the struggles and what he died for were not in vain.

  3. Thanks. On a lighter note, the videos of Bobby Brown and the Fly Girls dancing brought back hilarious memories of my crazy pants I had like MC Hammers, big hair with an asymetric cut, loud colors, big belts. Dancing at street fairs and hearing live music at cafe’s with musicians now famous…

  4. Ron Margolis says:

    Nice tribute, powerful stuff.

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