“A Holiday for All People” Dexter King

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and remembering what it was created to stand for is as important today as when it was first recognized by our nation on January 1986, the first national Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday was observed in January 1986.

Listen to “All God’s Children” a reflection on the man and highlights of his life on Passages by clicking on the link below.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)[1] is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

The idea of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday was promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations.[2] After King’s death, U.S. Representative John Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) and U.S. Senator Edward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage.[3] Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive, and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office).[3] Only two other figures have national holidays in the U.S. honoring them: George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

Soon after, the King Center turned to support from the corporate community and the general public. The success of this strategy was cemented when musician Stevie Wonder released the single “Happy Birthday” to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 article in The Nation as “the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history.”[2]

Senators Jesse Helms and John Porter East (both North Carolina Republicans) led opposition to the holiday and questioned whether King was important enough to receive such an honor. Helms criticized King’s opposition to the Vietnam War and accused him of espousing “action-oriented Marxism”.[4] Helms led a filibuster against the bill and on October 3, 1983, submitted a 300-page document to the Senate alleging that King had associations with communists. New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan declared the document a “packet of filth”, threw it on the Senate floor and stomped on it.[5][6]

President Ronald Reagan originally opposed the holiday, citing cost concerns. When asked to comment on Helms’ accusations that King was a communist, the president said “We’ll know in thirty-five years, won’t we?”, in reference to the eventual release of FBI surveillance tapes that had previously been sealed.[7] But on November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, to create a federal holiday honoring King.[8][9] The bill had passed the House of Representatives by a count of 338 to 90, a veto-proof margin.[4] The holiday was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

The bill also established the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission to oversee observance of the holiday, and the late Coretta Scott King, King’s wife, was made a member of this commission for life by President George H. W. Bush in May 1989.[10][11]

Celebrating the story of Martin Luther King, Jr.!

A Cold Night

Cold and wondering what to do for their children with Christmas soon to arrive!

On this frigid morning and temps not warming up to much lets go back to a Christmas Eve and experience a cold night for a simple family living in rural Virginia.

A cold story that will be bring out the warmth of love on Passages.

Listen to David tell in his own words about a freezing cold Christmas Eve for his family.

Stay warm!

Click on the button below to listen …



Thank You!

A car craxh gains insight about life and death for a young female reporter on KQV 1410 AM in Pittsburgh. Dennis Benson interviews the reporter about her car accident on Passages.

Click on the link here to listen to a young Elaine Effort tell for her surviving a serious car crash on Passages ….

Elaine Effort is honored for her years of reporting by Pittsburgh City Council recently. Check the link out here.

Honoring a ‘trailblazer’: Pittsburgh City Council honors KQV reporter Elaine Effort

Dan Gilman couldn’t remember her ever getting a fact wrong. Theresa Kail-Smith called her the personification of grace and class. The Rev. Ricky Burgess …

KQV one of the early radio stations to air Passages in 1981 was where Dennis Benson got his start on radio in Pittsburgh. Dennis hosted a youth-oriented conversation on the station called Rap Around. KQV at the time was one of the own and operated stations by ABC and was a top-40 m,sic station that captured that audience with some of the leading radio DJs of that time … Chuck Brinkman, Perry Marsahll, and Jim Quinn to name just a few.

KQV went silent at midnight last night as we closed out 2017! To learn more about it go to the link here.


Passages aired this past weekend on KQV with the Roberto Clemente story from New Years Eve 1972. To listen to the Passages Roberto Clemente story click here ….


The Passages Team and PMM thank Elaine and our many friends at KQV for allowing our stories of faith and hope to share on their airwaves with listeners  for over 35 year!

Number 21 and the name Roberto …

We flashback to New Years Eve 1972 as Roberto Clemente, Jr.  starts there to tell some of the major highlights of his dad’s life that had as much an impact on the baseball diamond as it did in many peoples lives who were living on the margins.  On Passages we remember Roberto Clemente this weekend.

Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker[a] (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβeɾto enˈrike kleˈmente (g)walˈkeɾ]; August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined. His untimely death established the precedent that, as an alternative to the five-year retirement period, a player who has been deceased for at least six months is eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame.

Clemente was an All-Star for twelve seasons, playing in fifteen All-Star Games.[b] He was the NL Most Valuable Player in 1966, the NL batting leader in 1961, 1964, 1965, and 1967, and a Gold Glove Award winner for twelve consecutive seasons from 1961 through 1972. His batting average was over .300 for thirteen seasons and he had 3,000 hits during his major league career. He also played in two World Series championships. Clemente is the first Latin American and Caribbean player to help win a World Series as a starter (1960), to receive an NL MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP Award (1971).

Clemente was married in 1964; he and his wife had three children. He was involved in charity work in Latin American and Caribbean countries during the off-seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need. On December 31, 1972, he died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He was 38 years old.

Click on the audio button below to listen to Roberto Clemente, Jr. share his dad’s story in his own words on Passages.

Have a blessed and a humanitarian 2018 from the Presbyterian Media Mission (PMM) and the Passages Team!

Please continue to pray for the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico from the recent hurricanes.

Presbytery leader in Puerto Rico reports on damage from Hurricane Maria | Presbyterian Mission Agency

The Rev. Edwin González-Castillo, Stated Clerk of the San Juan Presbytery in Puerto Rico, says the biggest challenge he is facing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is communications. Attempting to reach and coordinate relief efforts across the island has been hampered by downed communication lines outside of San Juan, infrastructure damage due to flooding and ongoing concerns about fuel shortages.



Becoming Family at Christmas

There is a spirit of love and wanting to come together at Christmas time. As family and being together is sometimes a challenge in leaving go of the past and being in the present.

Here are three different stories of George, Megan, and Dan all embraced by the original Christmas story that happened with a child being born on one holy night in that little town of Bethelehem so many years ago.

George recalls growing up and his dad getting the candles out to celebrate Christmas Eve. It seemed so unusual but now he appreciates the tradition. He recalls a Christmas Eve years ago in his own words by clicking on the audio button below.

Dan, a rock star, tells about a special family Christmas by clicking on the audio button .

Megan attempts to create a  nuclear family at Christmas. Listen to see if it explodes by clicking on the audio button below to hear her story.

The late actress Helen Hays reading that story of a family so long ago.  Listen by clicking on the audio button below.

The late BE Taylor found Christmas music captivating and put his own jazz-rock-funk spin on a classic “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Give a listen by clicking on the audio button below.

Have a blessed Christmas from the Passages Team at PMM.  (Dennis, Bill, Kodo, Bud, Gregg, and some special volunteers who have helped through the years!)

Dealing with Joy & Sorrow at Christmas … Survivors

Survivors Holiday Stories

Being far from home at Christmas can be lonely and make you homesick. Silent Night made it feel like home for some young women far from home. Listen to Sherry’s Survivors Christmas story with musical support from Charlie Daniels. Click on audio below …

“Jesus is the Light of the World”

Annette looks forward to this Christmas with her parents living in two different places and how important the love is that  she feels from them and her grandparents. Listen by clicking on audio tab below …

The spirit of Christmas can at times be difficult to find. Guy tells about a difficult Christmas and that there is hope in the holidays getting better. Listen to his story by clicking on the tab here …

Erma has her best Christmas because of having a boy friend in her life. Her drug dealing father is out of her life. She is growing close to her mom. Listen to Erma share in her own words about a favorite Christmas by clicking on the tab below.

Phil is a young man who realizes that with his grandfather’s failing health that this will be the last Christmas to celebrate with him. He tells of a difficult but special Christmas on Survivors stories for the holidays by clicking on the tab below.

What are your stories of the season? Please consider sharing them with those you encounter who may need a story of hope and faith this Christmas., It just might be the best gift you give.

Have a blessed Christmas!

From the Presbyterian Media Mission Leadership Team.

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Thank you for giving!


The gift of stories!

We will bring to you over the next week stories of Christmas.  Helping us all to appreciate the blessings that come each and everyday into our lives.

Enjoy this first installment from your Presbyterian friends at Media Mission!

Caroline shares about her grandfather and how he made Christmas special.  Clip on audio tab below ….

David and his wife find that living simply in the wilderness can be a challenge on a long cold winter night.  Listen to him tell about a Christmas Eve that they’ll never forget by clicking on the audio tab below ….

Robert finds himself in the Holy Land with those picturesque adobe houses and desert just like long ago when Jesus was born.  He is home sick but finds a kindred spirit through music!  Listen to his story by clicking on the audio tab below ….

Vicky is depressed and wants out of the hospital for Christmas!  The doctor is willing to let her go home if her blood count is right.  Listen and find out if Vicky is able to go home for Christmas by clicking on the audio button below.

What are your stories of the season?  Please consider sharing them with those you encounter who may need a story of hope and faith this Christmas., It just might be the best gift you give!

Have a blessed Christmas!  Audio tab below music by BE Taylor “Feel the Love at Christmas!”

From the Presbyterian Media Mission Leadership Team.

Give a gift to Presbyterian Media Mission this year by selecting the You Can Make A Difference Donate button on this page.  Select Presbyterian Media Mission from the options listed.

Thank you for giving!



World Peace

An interview with Achol a peace builder from South Sudan shares a hope for peace at Christmas time from a country in the midst of famine and strife on Passages.

Click on the tab below for half-hour audio special from your friends at the Presbyterian Media Mission. It will be airing on the Passages network of 200 stations next weekend for Christmas!  Achol talks about the hope for peace in South Sudan.

Passages Lite version of Achol interview for the Internet by clicking on the audio button here …

Music featured in full length from Passages Prince of Peace Special below by clicking on the audio buttons ,,,

“Let There Be Peace on Earth” by B. E. Taylor

“A Good Place” by Voice of the Homeless

“Love” by Sixpence

“Mad About You” by Sting

We pray for peace in our families, in our communities, in our country, and in our world for 2018 and beyond!

Have a  Blessed and Merry Christmas from the PMM Leadership Team



What to tell kids about Santa Claus!

Why would Mister Rogers suggest our changing how we talk about Santa with our kids?


It is hard to believe that anyone could criticize everyone’s favorite neighbor! It happens even to Mister Rogers’. Listen to Fred Rogers share about how he got criticized by parents for how he shared about Santa Claus. Click on the audio file below.

Home – Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children’s Media

The legacy of Fred Rogers guides everything we do. From the beautiful simplicity of modeling nurturing interactions with young children to the thoughtful use of educational technology, we learn from Fred’s timeless wisdom and approach.

We are less than a week from concluding another Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive for those in need of gently used sweaters that you can donate to help a neighbor keep warm this winter. Collection bin is in the lobby at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the Northside of Pittsburgh.

Community Needs | Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

In the spirit of Fred Rogers’ lessons of helping others, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh holds an annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive each winter. Since 2001, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has collected more than 35,500 sweaters, distributing them to families in need throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Thank you for helping us keep our neighbors warm!
We have collected over 35,000 sweaters over the years to be a blessing to those in need of keeping warm.

Hard work at having the right attitude, motivation, & discipline!


Chris Boswell http://www.espn.com/nfl/player/_/id/17372/chris-boswell does it again with kicking a game winning field goal for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ in a bruising game against the Cincinnati Bengals.


A place kicker is expected to be automatic at the pro level. There are many factors that go into not just being a good place kicker but an all around football player too.

We hear from legendary NFL kicker Gary Anderson http://www.garyandersonperfectseason.com/nfl-career.html about what attributes makes-up a quality football player beyond just having physical talent on Passages!

Listen to Gary share in an interview by Gregg Hartung when he was kicking field goals for the Steelers’ . Click on the button below …

Our prayers are with Middle Linebacker Ryan Shazier and other players who were injured and bruisied in the recent encounter between these two arch rivals.

Game highlights http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d82412904/Steelers-vs-Bengals-highlights

May we learn to have care and respect for those we encounter and who we might not always agree with in life because of how they go about their play different from us.

We appreciate character and respect for all people and all of life!