50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March

This event in American history changed the nation.

The three Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. Activists publicized the three protest marches to walk the 54-mile highway from Selma to the Alabama state capital of Montgomery as showing the desire of black American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote, in defiance of segregationist repression.

The following is an excerpt from the Dream Marches On website.

American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) and his wife Coretta Scott King lead a black voting rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery.

American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) and his wife Coretta Scott King lead a black voting rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery. (William Lovelace, Express / Getty Images)

“In 1965, the eyes of the Nation watched as thousands of ordinary people took to the streets of Selma, Alabama to march for voting rights.

On March 7, Reverend Hosea Williams and John Lewis stepped from the pulpit of Brown Chapel Church and led a group of 600 toward Montgomery, Alabama.  After just six blocks, when they crossed the now infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River, Sheriff Jimmy Clark’s deputies and state troopers dispatched by Gov. Wallace attacked the group with nightsticks and tear gas, injuring dozens. The violence stopped the marchers’ first attempt, but they would not be silenced or stopped for good.

THE EVENT CAME TO BE KNOWN AS “BLOODY SUNDAY.”

Library of CongressImages of civil rights marchers in Selma being beaten by Alabama police horrified many Americans, including President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Library of CongressImages of civil rights marchers in Selma being beaten by Alabama police horrified many Americans, including President Lyndon B. Johnson.(BETTMANN/CORBIS, Library of Congress Images )

 

Two weeks later, under the protection of Alabama National Guardsmen and Army troops, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set off again from Selma and marched along U.S. Hwy. 80 to the capital city.
The March continues. Civil Rights in and around Selma provide moving examples of what ordinary people can do.”

Find more at the Dream Marches On.  

Various events are scheduled to commemorate the anniversary of the March.

Happy National Oreo® Cookie Day!

Oreo cookie in milk

March 6 is National Oreo Cookie Day!

Be ready to celebrate and have your glass of milk handy as it is National Oreo® Cookie Day. This day is recognized, across the nation, each year on March 6th.

The Oreo® sandwich cookie is made up of two disks containing a sweet cream filling and is loved by millions. Since its introduction, the Oreo® cookie has become the best selling cookie in the United States.

The National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) first developed and produced the “Oreo Biscuit” in 1912 at its Chelsea factory in New York City. Today, that block on which the factory was located is known as “Oreo Way”.

Fun Facts

  • The name “Oreo” was first trademarked on March 14, 1912.
  • The first Oreo® cookies in the United States sold for 25 cents a pound in clear glass topped novelty cans.
  • In 1912, the Oreo Biscuit was renamed to “Oreo Sandwich”.
  • In 1948, the Oreo Sandwich was renamed to “Oreo Creme Sandwich”.
  • William A. Turnier, the man who designed the Oreo cookie

    William A. Turnier, the man who designed the Oreo cookie. (Photo courtesy of the Turnier family as published in Indyweek, Aug. 24, 2011)

    William A. Turnier developed the modern-day Oreo design in 1952 to include the Nabisco logo.

  • Nabisco’s principal food scientist, Sam Procello, developed the modern Oreo cookie filling.
  • In the 1978 Clint Eastwood film Every Which Way But Loose and its 1980 sequel Any Which Way You Can, Philo Beddoe’s mother – Ma, played by Ruth Gordon – is involved in a long running battle with Clyde the Orangutan who continually hides her Oreos® from her
  • In the 1998 movie Rounders, the main antagonist Teddy KGB (played by John Malkovich), is well known for his love for Oreo® cookies, which he regularly eats even during poker games. Eventually, this habit would prove to be his downfall as protagonist Michael McDermott (Matt Damon) figures out a tell and decisively beats him.
  • In the 2012 animated movie Wreck it Ralph, Oreo® cookies serve as royal guards in King Candy’s castle.
  • The DC Comics character, Martian Manhunter has been shown to have a well known love for Oreo® cookies.
  • The 2014 film Transformers: Age Of Extinction features an Oreo-themed Transformer that was destroyed by the Autobots in the KSI factory.
Oreo Cookie Birthday Pie

Oreo Cookie Birthday Pie

 Oreo® Birthday Ice Cream Pie

Yield: 10 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 20 OREO Cookies, divided
  • 1 container (1-1/2 qt.) BREYERS® Cookies & Cream with OREO® Ice Cream, softened
  • 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 2 tsp. multi-colored sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Chop 6 cookies; set aside. Cover bottom of 9-inch pie plate with remaining cookies.
  2. Spoon ice cream into pie plate; freeze 3 hours or until firm.
  3. Sprinkle chopped cookies around edge of pie just before serving. Garnish with COOL WHIP and sprinkles.

Recipe Tips:

Make Ahead
Pie can be stored, tightly covered, in freezer up to 1 week before topping with chopped cookies and garnishes as directed.

Nutrition Information
Nutrition per serving:
Calories 290, Total fat 11 g, Saturated fat 6 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 180 mg, Carbohydrate 44 g, Dietary fiber 1 g, Sugars 27 g, Protein 3 g, Vitamin A 6 %DV, Vitamin C 0 %DV, Calcium 6 %DV,Iron 6 %D

For more Oreo® Cookie Recipes, go to Oreo.com

The Cat in the Hat’s Word Find

Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat's Word Find

Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat’s Word Find

Happy Birthday Katroo Cake Recipe

“Today is your birthday! Today you are you!…There is no one alive that is you-er than you!” from the Dr. Seuss book Happy Birthday to You! 

Here is the perfect cake to honor Theodor Seuss Geisel‘s (aka Dr. Seuss) birthday.

Katroo "Happy Birthday to You" Cake recipeKatroo "Happy Birthday to You" Cake recipe

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! (1904-1991)

Dr. Seuss postage stamp

Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss was featured on a 37-cent postage stamp in 2003.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He published his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, under the name of Dr. Seuss in 1937.

His early career began in advertising.  His articles and illustrations were published in various magazines including Life and Vanity Fair.

He also contributed to the war effort by creating animated training films and drawing propaganda posters.

Political Cartoon - Holocaust in France

Over 70 years ago on July 20, the cartoonist known as Dr. Seuss drew a forest filled with corpses hanging from the trees, with a sign reading “Jew” pinned to each body. Adolf Hitler, with extra rope draped on his arm, and Vichy leader Pierre Laval were shown singing happily. Read more on the JNS.org blog written by Dr. Rafael Medoff. Credit: The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.

 

According to Bio.com, “A major turning point in Geisel’s career came when, in response to a 1954 LIFE magazine article that criticized children’s reading levels, Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked him to write a children’s primer using 220 vocabulary words. The resulting book, The Cat in the Hat, was published in 1957 and was described by one critic as a “tour de force.” The success of The Cat in the Hat cemented Geisel’s place in children’s literature.”

Author and illustrator of 46 children’s books, Dr. Seuss is one of the most well-known and beloved authors of all time, with his work having been adapted into 11 TV specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical, four television series and a theme park over the years.

Prolific and adored, he won the Pulitzer Price, a Peabody and an Academy Award (for a documentary), and his works have been translated into more than 20 languages with sales of over 600 millions copies worldwide.

 Here are some quotes from Dr. Seuss:

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

“Why fit in when you’re born to stand out?”

Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat

The famous Cat in the Hat

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.

“Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.

“It is better to know how to learn than to know.

“Be who you are and say what you mean. Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

“You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

“Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
“Fun is good.”

Dr. Seuss Day aka National Read Across America Day – March 2, 2015

By Noelle Gardner, WTNH Reporter

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Across America today millions of people will share a good book for Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

New Haven students will spend the morning celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a day of reading. More than 75 community volunteers, firefighters, police officers and the mayor of New Haven will pick out a good book and read with elementary students at three schools in New Haven. Those are the 21st Century Communications Magnet School, Lincoln Bassett and Clinton Avenue.

The Read Across America event encourages children to keep reading and learning. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp says reading is fundamental to all of the self-teaching that we have to do.

Read Across America expects more than 45 million readers throughout the country both young and old to pick up a book and read.

 

Dr. Seuss Day aka National Read Across America Day

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