What We Did for MLK Day: Musical Theatre of Course!

18 01 2010

You know the kids and I watch “1776” for the Fourth of July.

So this year in honor of Martin Luther King Jr, we decided to watch this. It was Google’s graphic today that inspired it, because there’s a scene in the movie that looks just like this:

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18 01 2010
JJ

MLK quote just seen on FaceBook. posted by a well-educated liberal Christian friend of JJ’s:

“Power without love is reckless and abusive,
Love without power is sentimental & anemic.

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

19 01 2010
JJ

From an earlier Hairspray post:

. . .maybe this movie can help us and our kids learn ways to restore the morality in moral outrage, and keep fighting the good fight:

‘Hairspray’ is about tolerance, integration and acceptance of others. The film uses the racial divide between blacks and whites but the subtext of the film is Heterosexuals and Homosexuals. ‘Hairspray’ viciously lampoons bigots and reserves specific devastation for Ultra-conservative religious zealots, figures of authority and WASPs. The satire is white hot (Alison Janney steals every scene she is in), the music catchy, the movie’s spirit is irreverent.

19 01 2010
Colleen

Sorry to be trite when you’re talking about important things like tolerance and acceptance but, I’m just wondering if you prefer the original Hairspray or the one with John Travolta? I’ve never seen the Travolta one and am thinking maybe we’ll rent the movie today–but which one?

20 01 2010
JJ

There’s another one besides Travolta?? 😉

20 01 2010
JJ

Although Young Son thinks of it as the Christopher Walken version . . . he’s a big SNL fan.

21 01 2010
Colleen

Ha! Well, we watched the older one but now I guess I have to watch the Christopher Walken version. 🙂

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